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THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH


 

CHAPTER  1 WHAT GOD REQUIRES OF HIS PEOPLE
CHAPTER  2 THE GOD OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
CHAPTER  3 THE PASSOVER
CHAPTER  4 CROSSING THE RED SEA
CHAPTER  5 THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
CHAPTER  6 THE WILDERNESS
CHAPTER  7 THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM
CHAPTER  8 CROSSING THE JORDAN
CHAPTER  9 THE WAVE SHEAF
CHAPTER 10 THE CHOSEN ONES


FORWARD

 


The knowledge of the truth is the knowledge, which will eventually fill the whole universe. This is the true gospel of the Kingdom of God; which has been hidden since the time of the Apostles. Each church era had different knowledge, and different problems: with different rewards in God's Kingdom.

 

Jesus Christ said He would build His church, based on four things. 
The rock is Christ being the Son of God. The gates of Hades will not prevail, even though this era will see billions of deaths. The keys of the kingdom are the knowledge of eternal life. New knowledge would replace old knowledge in heaven.

 

Mat 16:18  "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Mat 16:19  "And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."

 

Notice that being saved is tied in with the knowledge of the truth.

 

1Ti 2:1  Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,

1Ti 2:2  for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

1Ti 2:3  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,

1Ti 2:4  who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

1Ti 2:5  For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,

 

This is not new knowledge: it is a restoration of knowledge, which had been hidden since the time of Christ. The apostles had this knowledge.

 

This knowledge will not come by accident.

 

2Ti 3:7  always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

The whole of the Exodus from the Passover to entering the Promised Land is a direct type of our spiritual calling. This knowledge has to be revealed by God, as the following scripture shows.

 

2Co 3:15  But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.

2Co 3:16  Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

 

Belief is required.

 

Joh 5:46  "For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me.

Joh 5:47  "But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"

 

The knowledge of Jesus Christ begins at Moses.

 

Luk 24:27  And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

 

The Old Testament Exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land is a direct type of the New Testament Exodus from sin to Eternal Life.

 

Heb 3:5  And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward,

 

An intensive study into the Passover and nature of God, by my wife and myself: has resulted in the knowledge of the truth now being available. This is the start of the Laodicean church of God.

 

We learned that God the Father is God of the Old Testament. We learned that Jesus Christ is the Son of God from the beginning [prior to creation.] We learned from clearly stated scriptures that only one God has inhabited eternity.

 

We were receiving answers to such questions as:  Why is Pentecost on a different date each year when the other Holy Days were on the same date each year?  What was the reason for the transfiguration of Christ?  Why is the Wave Sheaf ceremony not kept even though it is just as permanent as the Passover?  What is the significance of the man with the drawn sword in Joshua 5? What is the true meaning of the Feast of Trumpets? And many more new truths.
Both my wife and I found that when we believed the bible, and accepted new knowledge, every scripture on the subject agreed with that knowledge. When we were wrong in what we thought we learned, it soon became very apparent and we went back to the subject till we got it right.  We have loved the truth as it has been revealed to us.

 

The following pages give the knowledge of eternal life to anyone who will believe the bible, and have the courage to follow that belief. We can make this truth plain but you must believe God's word. God is not interested in my thoughts or your thoughts: He alone has the words of eternal life. God tells us whom He will reveal truth to. The attributes He requires of us are defined in chapter one.
Let me state very clearly;

 

Do not believe me……….. Believe the bible………The bible is the word of the great God who cannot lie.

 




CHAPTER 1 


WHAT GOD REQUIRES OF HIS PEOPLE

 

 

God requires certain attributes from us before He will teach us anything. These attributes are clearly defined in the bible. God will help us to attain them if we ask and put in the effort.



We must fear God and keep His Commandments.

 

To fear God is to be in awe and reverence of Him. The fear of God is associated with wisdom and knowledge.

 

Ecc 12:13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all.

 

Pro 1:7  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

 

Pro 9:10  "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

 

We can learn to fear God.

 

Psa 34:11  Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

 

Pro 2:3  Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding,

Pro 2:4  If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures;

Pro 2:5  Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, And find the knowledge of God.



We must be humble and tremble at the awesome power of our God.

 

Isa 66:2  For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist," Says the LORD. "But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.



God requires us to believe Him and to have the courage to follow that belief.

 

Rev 21:8  "But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."

 

Notice that unbelief is on a par with murder and lying etc.

We have found that most people will not believe the bible if it differs from what they already believe. We must not only believe the bible; we must love the truth.

 

2Th 2:10  and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

 

We must move from the milk of the word to the meat.

 

Isa 28:9  "Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from the breasts?

 

The Great God of the universe dwells with those who are contrite and humble.

 

Isa 57:15  For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

 

By reading the above quoted Scriptures and any others on the subjects: it will become clear just how importantly God regards these attributes. God resists the proud, and the envious, and those who doubt His word. These people will not accept or believe new knowledge.
When we first encounter new truth, it is difficult for us to accept something that is different from what we have always believed. God requires that we believe Him regardless of the physical cost.
The Philadelphian era of God's church was not given the end time knowledge of the truth; they had the knowledge that God revealed to them for that particular era. That era had to hold fast ‘to what they had.’ Knowledge is to be increased at the time of the end.

 

Dan 12:4  "But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase."

 

There are many new things to learn in the end time. The end time church will be united in the knowledge of God.
We, in no way wish to undermine the teachings of Mr. Armstrong:  what we are saying is, that the end time knowledge was not given to Mr. Armstrong because his commission from God did not include the end time days. The Philadelphian era was to be kept from the time of trouble, which is to come on the whole world.
Mr. Armstrong was given a great deal of knowledge including the key to the house of David. The knowledge of who modern day Joseph is includes the fact that the House of David still has a royal line existing to this very day. The knowledge, that Great Britain and America are modern day Joseph [Ephraim and Manasseh], is the key to the House of David.
Mr Armstrong has been dead now for many years, and God's church must continue to grow in grace and knowledge.  That is why, many of these end time truths differ from what Mr. Armstrong taught. They are totally from the words of the bible, they are the truth; they are for this end time age, which we now live in. Whether or not these new truths are believed is entirely up to the reader.  Christ never forced anyone to believe Him.
God requires that we prove all things. We are not to blindly follow the leaders of the church. We will all have to individually stand before the judgement seat of Christ.
In all, of this vast universe, there is nothing, which can be given priority over the Great God.



We must become as a child.

 

Mat 18:2  Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them,

Mat 18:3  and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 18:4  "Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 18:5  "Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.

 

God expects His people to accept the truth like a little child, but He expects us to love the brethren enough to be prepared to lay down our life for them.

 

Joh 15:13  "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.

 

1Jn 3:16  By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

 

A massive key to understanding new knowledge is to realise that we do not have all knowledge. There is always something new to learn. God will reveal the knowledge of the truth, one step at a time. He cannot teach us if we do not believe Him, and follow that belief.


CHAPTER 2


THE GOD OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

 

 

The knowledge of God is part of the knowledge of eternal life, which makes this an extremely important subject. This subject has been lost until now.

 

The following verse is a pivotal scripture and needs to be properly understood. This verse alone changes our popular belief that God the Father and God the Word [Jesus Christ] combine to be known as one God. It states clearly that there is one true God, and it is a requirement of eternal life that we know this ‘one true God’ and Jesus Christ.

 

Joh 17:3  "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

 

It is absolutely amazing how simple it is to know which God is the God of the Old Testament, if we believe the bible.

 

Psa 83:18  That they may know that You, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, Are the Most High over all the earth.

 

The Most High God is God the Father, whose name alone is Jehovah. There is only one Jehovah who is the ‘Most High God.’ Jesus Christ is the Son of the Most High God.

 

Mar 5:7  And he cried out with a loud voice and said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me."

 

The Most High [Jehovah] is the one true God.

 

Jer 10:10  But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth will tremble, And the nations will not be able to endure His indignation.

 

In every instance in the Old Testament where the Hebrew word Jehovah; [3O68 in Strong's Concordance] is mentioned, it refers to God the Father. It is almost always translated ‘Lord,’ and is mentioned over six thousand times in the Old Testament.

 

God the Father cannot be directly looked upon.

 

Exo 33:20  But He said, "You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live."

 

Joh 1:18  No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

 

God the Father can be heard.

 

Gen 17:1  When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.

 

Deu 4:33  "Did any people ever hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and live?

 

Deu 5:4  "The LORD talked with you face to face on the mountain from the midst of the fire.

 

Mat 17:5  While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!"

 

The fact that the above scriptures refer to the Father speaking is confirmed in the following scripture, Peter refers to the Father as the excellent glory.

 

2Pe 1:17  For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

 

The following scriptures do not say that the Father cannot be heard. The people who have never heard His voice are those who think they have eternal life, but refuse to come to Christ, and refuse to believe Christ.

 

Joh 5:37  "And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form.

Joh 5:38  "But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.

Joh 5:39  "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.

Joh 5:40  "But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

 

God the Father walked in the Garden of Eden, He was in the burning bush, He gave the Ten Commandments, He spoke to Abraham; He appeared to Job. In all these encounters God was not directly looked upon.

 

God the Father is our only, overall Saviour: His plan of salvation included the crucifixion and death of His own Son. 

 

It is God the Father who stands upon the Mount of Olives.

 

Zec 14:3  Then the LORD will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle.

Zec 14:4  And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, Making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south.

 

God the Father returns to earth prior to the return of Christ.

 

Dan 7:22  "until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.

 

Dan 7:13  "I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him.

 

God the Father can be invisible: He has appeared in a cloud, in a fire, in a whirlwind, dream, or in a vision.

 

A scripture which seems to contradict the above; is the following verse.

 

Job 42:5  "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You.

 

God the Father spoke to Job, He cannot be looked upon. The word ‘seen’ in Job 42 v 5. Can mean literally or figuratively and is used in both senses in the bible. 

 

It is possible to see with ‘eyes of understanding.’

 

Eph 1:18  the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

 

Job saw God with the eyes of understanding. We know that is how Job saw God as God the Father cannot be looked directly upon, and scripture cannot be broken. 

 

God spoke to Job ‘in a whirlwind.’

 

Job 38:1  Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:

 

Isaiah appears to have seen the Lord. 

 

Isa 6:5  So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts."

 

If Isaiah saw the Lord then scripture is broken. The answer is in Is. 1v1. Isaiah saw God ‘in a vision.’ 

 

Isa 1:1  The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

 

Every scripture in the bible on the subject will agree with the knowledge that God the Father can be heard but not seen.

 

The scriptures are very plain about the knowledge of which God is the God of the Old Testament. God the Father is the main God. He appeared as Almighty God prior to revealing Himself as the Jehovah, to Moses in the burning bush.  Quite often, God the word is with Him. Using the word ‘one’ to mean ‘two’ does not stack up. Quite often in the bible: One God is quoted and Jesus Christ also mentioned.

 

Joh 17:3  "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

 

God the Father is the one true God, in that He is the only God who has inhabited eternity. Jesus Christ is also God; but He is not regarded as a true God, because He is from the beginning: not from eternity.

 

Joh 7:28  Then Jesus cried out, as He taught in the temple, saying, "You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know.

Joh 7:29  "But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me."


1Jn 1:1  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life;

 

Almighty God revealed Himself to Moses as the ‘Self Existent One’ prior to the Exodus. This knowledge is restored as part of the knowledge of eternal life, which is a direct parallel of the Old Testament Exodus.

 

Notice carefully the following scripture, God only revealed Himself to Abraham as Almighty, that was all Abraham was required to know, just as today the Philadelphian era were required to know certain knowledge, BUT, when the Laodicean era started different knowledge was required, therefore we have the knowledge revealed to us which is different from that revealed to the Philadelphian era.
Notice that the knowledge that Moses had was quite different he knew God as Jehovah.

 

Exo 6:2  And God spoke to Moses and said to him: "I am the LORD.

Exo 6:3  "I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name JEHOVAH I was not known to them.

Exo 6:4  "I have also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, in which they were strangers.

Exo 6:5  "And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant.

Exo 6:6  "Therefore say to the children of Israel: 'I am the LORD; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.

Exo 6:7  'I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

 

Moses had to tell the Israelites that the Lord [Jehovah] would bring them out of Egypt. The Israelites would know that it was the Lord.
The Hebrew word [Jehovah] is almost always translated ‘Lord’ in the bible. Strong's concordance describes Jehovah as follows:



JEHOVAH   [H3068] IS GOD THE FATHER ONLY



H3068

 

From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God:—Jehovah, the Lord. 

 

Right up to the time of Moses: God the Father was known as the Almighty God. Notice carefully that it is the Lord [Jehovah] who is speaking.

 

Gen 17:1  When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.

 

God revealed Himself to Moses as the ‘Self Existent One.’ This was done at the burning bush. Notice carefully; Moses asked God's name in verse 13: God answers in verse 15.

 

Exo 3:13  Then Moses said to God, "Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they say to me, 'What is His name?' what shall I say to them?"

Exo 3:14  And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'"

Exo 3:15  Moreover God said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: 'The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.'

 

[I am] means to ‘emphatically exist.’ It was at the burning bush that God revealed Himself to Moses as the Lord [Jehovah the self existent one] This is proved in scripture where God told Moses that the Lord [Jehovah] would free the Israelites. Moses had to tell the Israelites that the Lord would bring them out of Egypt; the Lord's name is Jehovah: it is not ‘I AM’.

 

Exo 6:6  "Therefore say to the children of Israel: 'I am the LORD; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.

 

Isa 47:4  As for our Redeemer, the LORD of hosts is His name, The Holy One of Israel.

 

The following scripture is talking about Christ existing before Abraham. It has nothing to do with Ex. 3 v 14.

 

Joh 8:58  Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."

 

The first thing that Almighty God did prior to freeing the Israelites; was to reveal Himself to Moses as the Self Existent One. Abraham and other people of God, prior to Moses, did not have this knowledge. The church of God, during Mr. Armstrong’s time did not have this knowledge. During the Philadelphian era of God's church we believed that there were two ‘Self Existent Ones.’

 

Please note very carefully, it is of extreme importance to understand the following paragraphs.

 

Abraham is the father of the faithful.  He and other people of God prior to Moses did not have the knowledge of ‘The Self Existent God.’ This does not debase them in any way, this was part of God's plan, and has nothing to do with righteousness.

 

Moses was given this knowledge prior to the Old Testament Exodus, which is a direct type of our spiritual calling. The physical Israelites were given the knowledge of the ‘Self Existent God’ by Moses, at God's command.

The knowledge of the One True God [The Self Existent One] has been restored with the knowledge that the physical Exodus is a direct type of our spiritual Exodus out of this world to the Promised Land.

 

The knowledge of the truth begins with the knowledge that there is one true God who has inhabited eternity. 

 

The knowledge that there is one true God who has inhabited eternity: was revealed to Moses prior to the exodus to the Promised Land. This knowledge, which had been lost since the time of the Apostles, is once again restored, prior to the knowledge of the truth, which is the true gospel of the Kingdom of God. This begins the true knowledge from carnality to eternal life. 

 

The Lord who has inhabited eternity, has a Son who was born in the beginning, [prior to creation.]

 

Some of the scriptures that show Christ was God's Son from the beginning are as follows.

 

Heb 1:2  has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;

 

1Jn 1:1  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life;

 

Pro 30:4  Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name, If you know?

 

Col 1:15  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

 

There is more about the Son of God in chapter seven of this article.


 

CHAPTER 3


THE PASSOVER.

 

 

The Passover was killed [or kept; which means prepared] on the 14th Nisan. It was eaten on the 15th. Which was the first day of Unleavened Bread. Scripture cannot be broken, so every mention of the Passover must agree with the following two verses.

 

2Ch 35:1  Now Josiah kept a Passover to the LORD in Jerusalem, and they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth day of the first month.

 

Joh 2:23  Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did.

 

The following verses show that the feast of Unleavened Bread, which is eaten in the 15th Nisan; is actually the feast of the Passover. The seven days of Unleavened Bread are called the feast of Unleavened Bread, and the Passover meal is also called the feast of Unleavened Bread. In every instance: the bible states clearly which feast is being referred to.

 

The following verses show clearly that the feast of Unleavened Bread is on the 15th: the feast of Unleavened Bread is called the Passover: The Passover meal and feast of Unleavened Bread are on the same day, and are the same meal.

 

Lev 23:6  'And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.

 

Luk 22:1  Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover.

 

Mar 14:1  After two days it was the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Him by trickery and put Him to death.

 

The scriptures are clear and show that the Passover is prepared on the 14th Nisan [preparation day] and eaten on the start of the 15th Nisan [holy day].  We take the Passover just after sunset possibly around 7.30 pm which is the start of the first day of Unleavened Bread. The time of the Passover is ordained forever.

 

Exo 12:14  'So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.

 

The above scriptures state plainly that the Passover is to be prepared on the 14th and eaten on the 15th. The obvious question arises; did the Worldwide church of God keep the wrong day? The answer is absolutely astounding.

 

By keeping the Passover on the correct day we have eternal life inherent.

 

Joh 6:54  "Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

 

The Israelites in Egypt were not offered eternal life, but they had to keep the Passover. Drinking the blood was not required in the Old Testament Passover.

 

Exo 12:7  'And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it.

 

Drinking the blood is required for eternal life.

 

Joh 6:53  Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.

 

The Old Testament Passover was to be eaten without the blood, and drinking the blood of Christ is necessary for eternal life.

 

This article will show that at our baptism into God's church; we receive the earnest of God's Spirit, which is the down payment of eternal life. We do not have eternal life inherent until we receive the Spirit of life.

 

We still have to keep the Passover after our baptism, even though we do not yet have eternal life. God worked out a brilliant plan, so we could keep the Passover while not yet having eternal life. Christ changed the symbols of the Passover to where we now had to not only eat the bread signifying His body: We also had to drink the wine, signifying the drinking of His spilt blood. We have shown above that the time for eating the Passover is the 15th Nisan, which has been ordained forever. Christ changed the symbols on the 14th Nisan, which means the New Testament Passover can be kept on that date, but it does not mean we have eternal life inherent by keeping that date. On the correct night of the eating of the Passover, we kept the night to be much observed, which is actually the Old Testament Passover meal, and is eaten without blood.

 

God's church in the Philadelphian era kept the new testament Passover, by partaking of the new symbols of the eating of the bread and drinking of the wine, but not on the correct day.  They kept it on the same day that Christ kept His last Passover, because this was one of the reasons that Christ and the disciples kept the Passover early, so as to allow the New Testament church to keep it on the wrong date so they would not qualify for eternal life at that time.   The Old Testament Passover meal was still kept on the correct night of the Passover under the guise of the night to be much remembered.

 

A lot of readers will say, we want to keep the Passover at the same time that Christ did.  This is a good reason but we must understand why Christ kept the Passover a day early.
It was because He was the Lamb of God and was going to be killed at the approximate same time as the Passover lambs were killed, which was on the 14th Nisan.  He would be dead at the correct time for keeping the Passover.
The Jews were keeping it at the proper time, notice the scriptures, on the day Christ died the Jews were going to keep the Passover that night.

 

Joh 18:28  Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover.

 

When we come to the knowledge of the truth, we will eat the New Testament Passover on the 15th Nisan.

 

We keep the Passover in remembrance of the death of Christ and we accept the fact that Christ died for the sins of mankind. Christ ate the Passover on the Feast day during His ministry; the Passover was eaten in the Feast day after His death. It is stated plainly in the New Testament, that the Passover is eaten in the Feast Day. Christ kept the Passover the night before His death, and introduced the New Testament symbols of His body. He did not change the date. The Passover ceremony was ordained forever. This fact is mentioned continually in the Old Testament. If Christ changed the date; then scripture would be broken.

 

Exo 12:14  'So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.

 

The lamb was selected on the 10th Nisan, killed on the 14th, eaten on the 15th. The lamb’s blood was put on the door lintels.
Christ was killed on the 14th. He paid the penalty for the sins of mankind, and was buried just prior to sunset.

 

God the Father calls us out of this world; we accept Christ's death for the remission [deliverance or forgiveness] of our sins.

 

Mat 26:28  "For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

 

Christ's death reconciles us to the Father. Read this next scripture carefully.

We are not saved by Christ's death.

 

Rom 5:10  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

 

The Passover must be prepared forever on the 14th Nisan and eaten forever on 15th Nisan. The ancient Israelites ate the Passover on the 15th. Christ ate the Old Testament Passover on the 15th. [Except for His last Passover, which He ate on the 14th.]

 

When we receive the earnest of God's Spirit; we have accepted Christ’s death so we do not kill a lamb on the preparation day, but we still eat the Old Testament Passover meal on the 15th. [We call this meal the night to be much observed] Christ changed the symbols, and introduced the drinking of His blood; which means we have eternal life, but only if it is taken on the correct night. [We must accept all the requirements of eternal life: keeping the Passover correctly is one of these requirements.]

 

Please note very carefully; the Passover will be kept forever at the correct time. Preparation day is the 14th Nisan, the eating is on the 15th.

 

God's church will keep the New Testament Passover on the 14th. Nisan, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread on the 15th. Until they accept the knowledge of the truth. They will then keep the correct Passover on the correct night. The night to be much observed will no longer be kept.

 

Christ’s disciples had eternal life inherent after Pentecost, following Christ's death. They would have eaten the New Testament Passover on the 15th. from that time on.




CHAPTER 4


CROSSING THE RED SEA.

 

The full account of the exodus is in Exodus chapter twelve. The summary I give here can be verified from that chapter. The Israelites ate the Passover meal.  They were dressed and prepared to leave immediately. God the Father passed over at midnight and the destroyer killed the firstborn of the Egyptians. Pharaoh told the Israelites to go and all the Egyptians thrust them out immediately. They left sometime after midnight on the 15th Nisan. The Israelites had previously spoiled the Egyptians. This spoiling was done prior to the Passover.

 

God had told Moses well in advance, that the Israelites would spoil the Egyptians.

 

Exo 3:21  "And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be, when you go, that you shall not go empty-handed.

Exo 3:22  "But every woman shall ask of her neighbor, namely, of her who dwells near her house, articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing; and you shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians."

 

Exo 11:2  "Speak now in the hearing of the people, and let every man ask from his neighbor and every woman from her neighbor, articles of silver and articles of gold."

Exo 11:3  And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants and in the sight of the people.

 

The Israelites ate the Passover meal around 7-8 pm on the 15th they ate it dressed and ready to leave, a few hours later, after midnight they left Egypt.

 

The Israelites camped the first afternoon at Succoth, the second afternoon at Etham, and the third afternoon on the banks of the Red Sea near Migdol. God parted the Red Sea all that night.

There is a parallel between the parting of the Red Sea and Christ's resurrection. Notice the following:
The start of the 15th Nisan to the start of the Red Sea parting was three days and coincided to the time that Christ would be in the heart of the earth.

 

From the time of the rising of Christ {very early Sunday morning} till the time He ascended to the Father {Sunday Morning at dawn} is typified by the parting of the Red Sea. This is the time the Israelites crossed from Egypt to where the Promised Land was available, and is a type of spiritual Israel coming out of this world to where eternal life is available. One of greatest physical miracles that has ever occurred typifies one of the greatest spiritual miracles that has ever occurred. [This was equalled when they entered the Promised Land many years later.]
Many Saints were seen at the time of Christ’s resurrection.

 

Mat 27:52  and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;

Mat 27:53  and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

 

The crossing of the Red Sea typifies our baptism.

 

1Co 10:1  Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea,

1Co 10:2  all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,

 

At our baptism, we leave Egypt [sin] and come to where the Promised Land [eternal life] is available. At our baptism we receive remission of our sins.

 

Mar 1:4  John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

 

Just as baptism does not usually follow repentance immediately: so receiving the Holy Spirit of truth does not usually follow baptism immediately. We receive the earnest of the Spirit at the laying on of hands...... but the Spirit of truth comes much later.

 

Act 2:38  Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

Eph 1:13  In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

Eph 1:14  who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

 

Note carefully, at this time the Israelites were out of Egypt but not yet at the Promised Land. At our baptism into God's Church, we come out of this world to where eternal life is available. Eternal life, in the form of God's Spirit of power, truth or life is not given at this stage.

 

God gives the Spirit to those who obey Him.

 

Act 5:32  "And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him."

 

At our baptism, we have a desire to obey and believe God.  This is limited without God's Spirit, so God gives us the earnest of the Spirit so we can obey Him. 

 

Read these next verses carefully. Christ is talking to Philip, one of the Apostles, who already had the earnest of the Spirit. Now notice this very carefully, there are two phases of God's Holy Spirit, firstly we are given the earnest of the Spirit, and then later, at the Fathers discretion, we are given the Holy Spirit of power, this is eternal life inherent.  Notice the following verse on the subject.

 

Joh 14:16  "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever;

Joh 14:17  "the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

 

Now back to the Israelites, they had eaten the Passover, been protected from death by the blood on the door lintels, left Egypt in haste, and journeyed three days to the Red Sea. God the Father parted the Red Sea, the Israelites crossed the Sea leaving Egypt and arrived at the wilderness, where the Promised Land was available. They were not yet at the Promised Land.

 

After crossing the Red Sea, the Israelites journey three days into the wilderness. This brings them to Marah, where God gave them a statute or decree and a law or regulation and He tested them. This was the last day of Unleavened Bread. God also made a healing covenant with them. Note also, Commandment keeping was required.

 

Exo 15:25  So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them. And there He tested them,

Exo 15:26  and said, "If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you."

 

Christ was three days and three nights in the heart of the earth and was raised at the time that coincided with the Red Sea closure many years previously. Christ was resurrected on Thursday morning and then departed to hell.  He spent three days and three nights there preaching to the spirits and He, together with the Father, raised Him from Hell or Hades.
God the Father has called us. We have accepted Christ's shed blood, and begun to leave the ways of this world. We are baptised and receive remission from sins. We are now ready for our journey to the Promised Land [eternal life in the form of the Spirit of life.]

 

At some time after this, God will offer us the knowledge of the truth. This will show God who will believe Him and accept eternal life.


1Ti 2:4  who
desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.




CHAPTER 5


THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

 

 

When God the Father gave the Ten Commandments to Israel: He promised physical riches for keeping them. The old covenant required Israel to keep God's statutes and laws.

 

Lev 26:3  'If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them,
Lev 26:4  then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
Lev 26:5  Your threshing shall last till the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last till the time of sowing; you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.
Lev 26:6  I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none will make you afraid; I will rid the land of evil beasts, and the sword will not go through your land.
Lev 26:7  You will chase your enemies, and they shall fall by the sword before you.
Lev 26:8  Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you.
Lev 26:9  'For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you.

God put on an impressive show on Mt. Horeb so that people would fear Him and keep the old covenant.

 

Exo 20:18  Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off.

Exo 20:19  Then they said to Moses, "You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die."

Exo 20:20  And Moses said to the people, "Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin."

 

Psalm 81 makes it very clear that the Feast of Trumpets is the holy day that pictures this fabulous time in our history.

 

Psa 81:3  Blow the trumpet at the time of the New Moon, At the full moon, on our solemn feast day.

Psa 81:4  For this is a statute for Israel, A law of the God of Jacob.

Psa 81:5  This He established in Joseph as a testimony, When He went throughout the land of Egypt, Where I heard a language I did not understand.

 

Just as God gave the old covenant and confirmed it with thundering and lightning: so also He gave the new covenant and confirmed it with the earnest of the Spirit; which is the down payment of eternal life.

 

Heb 10:16  "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,"

 

The old covenant promised physical riches for obedience and physical punishment for disobedience.

 

The new covenant promises eternal life for obedience and eternal death for disobedience.

 

God the Father gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites on Mt. Horeb. God the Word was also on the mountain at the same time.

 

Exo 24:1  Now He said to Moses, "Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar.

Exo 24:2  "And Moses alone shall come near the LORD, but they shall not come near; nor shall the people go up with him."

 

Notice, Moses alone shall come near Jehovah.
The Elders saw the God of Israel, and were not hurt. They even had a meal in His presence.

 

Exo 24:9  Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel,

Exo 24:10  and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity.

Exo 24:11  But on the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand. So they saw God, and they ate and drank.

 

The Lord [Jehovah] called Moses up into the mountain. Joshua went with him some of the way.  The Father had already told Moses that only he was to come near God the Father.

 

Exo 24:12  Then the LORD said to Moses, "Come up to Me on the mountain and be there; and I will give you tablets of stone, and the law and commandments which I have written, that you may teach them."

Exo 24:13  So Moses arose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up to the mountain of God.

 

Notice that only Moses was allowed to come near the Lord, but he could not look at Him.

 

Exo 33:20  But He said, "You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live."

 

One God could be looked upon, one could not be looked upon.
When God the Father gave the Ten Commandments, He said He would not go in the midst of the Israelites to the Promised Land. God the Word, [who would be born to Mary as Jesus Christ] went with them.

 

Exo 33:3  "Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people."

 

Exo 33:14  And He said, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."

 

Further proof that God the Father sent Christ as "my presence".

 

1Co 10:1  Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea,

1Co 10:2  all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,

1Co 10:3  all ate the same spiritual food,

1Co 10:4  and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.

 

How plain the truth of God is, here in the above scriptures is the plain and simple truth, that God the Father gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites.  However because of their rebellion and stiff necked attitude, He said He would not go with them, lest He consume them on the way.  So He would send His presence to go before them.  The presence that He sent was Christ.
The whole exodus is an exact type of our spiritual calling. Just as God the Father led the Israelites out of Egypt and handed them over to Christ: so God the Father calls us out of this world [Egypt] then we are baptised into Christ.

 

Gal 3:27  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

 

Joh 6:44  "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

 

1Co 3:23  And you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.

 

God the Father gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments, then handed them over to Christ for the duration of the time in the wilderness. Moses was still in contact with God the Father during this time. God the Father was the actual leader but He did not go in their midst.
God the Father has called us out of this world, we have been baptised, accepted Christ's death, and we have been given the basic knowledge of His law. We are baptised into Christ, and receive the down payment of eternal life. {The earnest of the Spirit.} We are then in the spiritual wilderness. At this time we are out of this world [Egypt] but not yet at eternal life [the Promised Land.]
Christ is our God when we are baptised and receive the down payment of eternal life. The Holy Spirit of power is given by God when He decides.  This is some time after we accept the knowledge of the truth and show God we love, obey and believe this new knowledge.  The Spirit of power is eternal life inherent.




CHAPTER 6

 

THE WILDERNESS

 

 

When the Israelites came out of Egypt they were not at the Promised Land. The Promised Land was still some forty years away. During this time the Israelites rebelled and grumbled and gradually came to disbelieve God. Their journey through the wilderness coincides with God's Church having the earnest of the Spirit. We do not receive the Spirit of life at baptism, we receive a small portion of the Spirit so we can obey God. God will offer us the knowledge of eternal life when we obey Him.

 

Act 5:32  "And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him."

 

At baptism we have a limited ability to obey God. The carnal mind is enmity to God so our obedience is limited prior to baptism.
Christ’s disciples did not receive the Spirit of life at baptism; they received it on the day of Pentecost. They received the down payment of the Spirit at baptism, and the Spirit of life, or power on the day of Pentecost.

 

Act 11:15  "And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning.

 

Act 2:1  When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

Act 2:2  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

Act 2:3  Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.

Act 2:4  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 

At baptism we are guaranteed God's Spirit as long as we do our part. God does not give the Spirit of life until He sees whether or not we will obey Him. The knowledge of eternal life is the perfect test to see if we will obey God regardless of the consequences. Remember, the firstfruits follow Christ wherever He leads.
The following scripture does not say that we receive God's Spirit of truth immediately at baptism.  The earnest of the Spirit is usually given at baptism at the laying on of hands.

 

Act 2:38  Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Act 2:39  "For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call."

 

Repentance and baptism usually do not take place at the same time. Receiving the Holy Spirit of life does not take place immediately after baptism. The disciples did not receive it at baptism and neither do we.

 

Just as the Israelites in the wilderness found a leader to try to take them back to Egypt, so some in the church were led back to the ways of the world. Those of us who did not go back to the world have been prey for any person who wants to gain a following with their own interpretation of the Gospel. There are literally hundreds of breakaway churches, each one with their own slant on doctrine.

 

We are truly in a time of spiritual wilderness, when everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes.

 

More than ever we need someone to say ‘this is the way, walk ye in it.’

 

It is vitally important that we study to show ourselves approved unto God. It is wrong to blindly follow the church leaders.

 

2Ti 2:15  Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

We must realise that we will be individually judged.

 

2Co 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

 

Following blindly will not get us into God's Kingdom.

 

Luk 11:52  "Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered."

 

Mat 23:13  "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.

 

We have to prove all things, and hold fast to what is good.

 

1Th 5:21  Test all things; hold fast what is good.

 

God's end time Church will be united.

 

The Church will eventually be united in faith and the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Read the following scripture, and believe it if you will.

 

Eph 4:13  till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

 

To know Christ means we will know the Father.

 

Joh 8:19  Then they said to Him, "Where is Your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also."

 

Consider this scenario: If we receive the Holy Spirit of life at baptism, anyone who dies after baptism would be in the first resurrection, whether or not they had developed any character. Imagine all the people in the Churches of God being firstfruits. What a disunited group that would be. What about any one who left the Church after being baptised. The more we learn about the Great God, the more we learn how much love and forgiveness He has.

 

Let me repeat: just as the Israelites came out of Egypt and were not yet at the Promised Land, at baptism we come out of the ways of this world but do not yet have eternal life.
The reason for the time in the wilderness is made clear in scripture. This is also the reason that we are in the spiritual wilderness. No writing could be clearer. An interesting fact is the knowledge that even though God the Father did not go through the wilderness in the midst of the Israelites: He was still the one in charge. God the Father is in overall charge of His people even though we are baptised into Christ.

 

Deu 8:2  "And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

Deu 8:3  "So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.

 

Mr. Armstrong was the physical leader of the Philadelphian era of God's church. This era was not given the end time knowledge of the truth. They were to be kept from the end time trouble, and they were to hold fast to ‘what they have.’

 

Rev 3:10  "Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

Rev 3:11  "Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.

 

Mr. Armstrong held fast to what God revealed to him during the Philadelphian era of God's church. No man could have been more loyal or obedient to God.  During this time Mr. Armstrong faced rebellion after rebellion, and was always surrounded by disloyalty. He survived underhanded plots to get rid of him, even from his own son. Since the death of Mr. Armstrong: there has been a concerted attempt to deny that he was God's leader of the Philadelphian church. The knowledge of modern day Israel was given to Mr. Armstrong. There is also a massive attempt to deny the knowledge that Great Britain and America are modern day Joseph.

 

The following scripture is about the physical leader of the Philadelphian era. Compare it with the account of the Philadelphian church in Revelation Chapter 3.

 

Isa 22:20  'Then it shall be in that day, That I will call My servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah;

Isa 22:21  I will clothe him with your robe And strengthen him with your belt; I will commit your responsibility into his hand. He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem And to the house of Judah.

Isa 22:22  The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; So he shall open, and no one shall shut; And he shall shut, and no one shall open.

Isa 22:23  I will fasten him as a peg in a secure place, And he will become a glorious throne to his father's house.

Isa 22:24  'They will hang on him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the posterity, all vessels of small quantity, from the cups to all the pitchers.

Isa 22:25  'In that day,' says the LORD of hosts, 'the peg that is fastened in the secure place will be removed and be cut down and fall, and the burden that was on it will be cut off; for the LORD has spoken.'"



Mr Armstrong has a glorious throne waiting for him. The over comers in the Philadelphian Era will be pillars in the kingdom of God.



Just as Moses led the physical Israelites through the wilderness to where the Promised Land was available; so Mr. Armstrong led the spiritual Israelites through the spiritual wilderness to where the knowledge of eternal life is available. Just as Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land; so Mr. Armstrong was not given the knowledge of eternal life, which is now revealed. Moses was given a glimpse of the Promised Land. Perhaps Mr. Armstrong was given a glimpse of the knowledge of eternal life just prior to his death. He said a few times just before he died that he had some astounding things to say, but as far as I know, he never got a chance to say anything.

 

During the time in the wilderness, the Israelites were fed on manna, which was food from Heaven. This is the milk of the word. We do not get the meat of the word during this time. When the Israelites wanted meat during the wilderness, God gave it to them and they could not handle it. Notice carefully that manna is food from heaven [God's word] but eventually we need more. We need the food of the Promised Land, the knowledge of eternal life.
The Israelites spent forty years in the wilderness. They grumbled and griped, and rebelled against God and Moses all this time. The Generation, that originally left Egypt, all died before the Promised Land was entered. Except for Joshua and Caleb. The next Generation entered the Promised Land.
God's church has come through the wilderness to where eternal life is available. God will make eternal life available to those who believe Him.


 

CHAPTER 7

 

THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM.

 

 

There are several clear requirements for eternal life as required by God. At our baptism we have not fulfilled these requirements. My wife and I have gone to great lengths to correctly divide the word of truth. We ask you not to believe us; believe the Bible, which is the words of the Great God; He cannot lie.

 

Jesus Christ will build His church, and will give the keys of the kingdom. These keys have now been given by Jesus Christ, at the start of His building of His church. This is the start of the Laodicean era of God's church.

 

Mat 16:19  And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."

 

The keys of the kingdom have now been revealed by Christ: Each key is an individual requirement for eternal life. 



[1] BELIEF.

 

Amazing as it may appear, we have found that practically no one believes the bible. We believe church doctrine, which does not always stand up under close scrutiny. To believe the bible will take us out of our comfort zone and alienate us from other members.

 

Rev 21:8  But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."

 

The unbelievers go in the lake of fire; that shows how God looks on belief of His word. We can see from this scripture that belief is a requirement of eternal life. Believing God is mentioned extremely frequently in the bible.
The Israelites did not enter the Promised Land because of unbelief, their journey is a type of our spiritual journey, will our unbelief prevent us from entering into eternal life?

 

Heb 3:18  And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey?

Heb 3:19  So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.



[2] FEAR OF GOD.

 

To fear God is quite often mentioned in church sermons, when this subject is looked into it becomes apparent that very few have a correct fear of God. The correct fear of God is to stand in awe and reverence of the Almighty Creator God. The correct fear of God can not be feigned, we have to learn to fear God Deut. 4 v 10, 14 v 23, 17 v 19.

 

Deu 4:10  especially concerning the day you stood before the LORD your God in Horeb, when the LORD said to me, 'Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.'

 

Rev 11:18  The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth."

 

The reward goes to those who fear God's name.

 

Php 2:12  Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

 

A person who fears God [is in awe and reverence] will tremble at the awesome power of our great God, they will be afraid to disobey God.



[3] OBEDIENCE.

 

Obedience to God is a requirement of eternal life. See Phil. 2 v 12 quoted above.
Notice the Holy Spirit is given to those who obey God.

 

Act 5:32  And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him."

 

Disobedience leads to the lake of fire.

 

2Th 1:8  in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2Th 1:9  These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,



[4] COMMANDMENT KEEPING.

 

Everyone in God's church knows we must keep the Commandments and the Holy Days, so we will not dwell on this subject except to quote one scripture.

 

Mat 19:17  So He said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments."

 

Jesus quoted some of the commandments, but there is plenty of scriptural proof that all the commandments must be kept as well as the Holy Days. Commandment keeping, both physically and spiritually is a requirement of eternal life. This is also showing love to God.

 

[5] LOVE.

 

Knowledge is worthless without love. God the Father must be our first love. If we do not love God we can not love the brethren.

 

1Jn 4:20  If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

 

1Jn 3:14  We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.

 

If we love the brethren we have passed from death to life.

 

Joh 15:13  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.

Joh 15:14  You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

 

Notice who Jesus’ friends are. We must love all mankind, but God expects a greater love for the brethren. We cannot love the brethren without loving God.



[6] DOING GOOD.

 

We will go into the lake of fire if we don’t do good when it is in our power to do so.

 

Mat 25:34  Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Mat 25:35  for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;

Mat 25:36  I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.'

Mat 25:37  "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?

Mat 25:38  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?

Mat 25:39  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'

Mat 25:40  And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'

Mat 25:41  "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:

Mat 25:42  for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;

Mat 25:43  I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.'

Mat 25:44  "Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?'

Mat 25:45  Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'

Mat 25:46  And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

                                        

[7] KEEPING THE PASSOVER.

 

Joh 6:54  Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

 

By keeping the Passover we have eternal life.

 

Joh 6:57  As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.

 

To correctly keep the Passover we must live by Christ. [Christ must be the one we emulate and obey.] The Passover must be kept on the correct day.
It is extremely plain that the Old Testament Passover was kept [prepared] on the 14th and eaten at the beginning of the 15th. The New Testament is very clear on the date of the Passover as well.
During the time in the spiritual wilderness, we keep the Old Testament Passover meal under the guise of ‘night to be much observed’ When we accept the knowledge of eternal life, we will prepare the Passover on the 14th and eat it at the start of the 15th. Christ and the disciples kept His last Passover one night early, because He was the Passover Lamb, and He would be dead at the correct time for keeping the Passover.
Notice that the Jews were going to keep the Passover at the correct time, they were going to keep it after the death of Christ.

 

Joh 18:28  Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover.

 

[8] KNOWING GOD THE FATHER AND GOD THE SON.

 

We all know that knowledge without love is useless; nevertheless there is knowledge required for eternal life. Love fulfils the law, it does not replace the law.  If you believe the bible: You will believe the knowledge of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.
A friend of ours had previously shown us, mainly from the book of Hebrews, that Jesus Christ had not inhabited eternity. He was from God; ‘from the beginning.’ The implication of this knowledge was not apparent to me until I began my study into the Passover. It was only then that John 17 v 3 began to dwell heavily on my mind. It cannot be quoted any clearer than the bible quote, and yet it seems that practically no one believes it.

 

Joh 17:3  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

 

It might be a good idea to read every word of that verse until it sinks in. We have been taught that there are two true Gods.

 

IT IS A REQUIREMENT OF ETERNAL LIFE THAT WE KNOW THE ONE TRUE GOD AND JESUS CHRIST.

 

God the Father is the one true God. Jesus Christ is the Son of the true God.

 

1Th 1:9  For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,

1Th 1:10  and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

 

Christ is from the true God.

 

Joh 7:28  Then Jesus cried out, as He taught in the temple, saying, "You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know.

Joh 7:29  But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me."

 

The following two verses call Jesus Christ true, not true as in eternally existing God, but true in how He teaches the way of God. The Bible says quite plainly in John 17 v 3 that there is only one true God.  The Greek word used in the following two verses to show that Christ is true; is different from the word that shows God the Father is true.

 

Mat 22:16  And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men.

 

Mar 12:14  When they had come, they said to Him, "Teacher, we know that You are true, and care about no one; for You do not regard the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?

 

There is only one who has inhabited eternity.

 

Isa 57:15  For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

 

The Bible says plainly that there is only one true God, there is only one who has inhabited eternity. The Bible also is plain that Jesus Christ [God the Word] has not inhabited eternity. It is extremely clear in the Bible that Jesus Christ is God, it is also clear that Christ is not from eternity. He is from the Father. This is plainly stated by Christ plenty of times in the Gospels.

 

Joh 7:29  But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me."

 

Read the following scriptures carefully, they show where and when Jesus Christ came into being.
Jesus Christ is; ‘from the beginning’ Beginning means commencement, Christ had a commencement. Notice also that Christ [the Word] was with the Father in the beginning.

 

1Jn 1:1  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life

1Jn 1:2  the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us

1Jn 1:3  that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

 

Compare John 1 v 1 with Gen. 1 v 1. We have no trouble knowing that the Creation had a commencement [in the beginning] we use the same words in John 1 v 1 to say that Christ has eternally existed. We have been wrong: Christ is from the beginning. He is also from the Father.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God prior to Creation. This knowledge is revealed by God.  The knowledge of who Christ is will be the rock on which Christ will build His church.  The gates of hell will not stop this knowledge.  Satan is going to hate this knowledge going out to the true church of God, but nonetheless it will go out and will form the foundational beliefs of the end time church.  The Laodicean Church.



CHRIST WILL BUILD HIS CHURCH ON THE ROCK OF WHO HE IS.

 

Mat 16:13  When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?"

Mat 16:14  So they said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."

Mat 16:15  He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"

Mat 16:16  Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

Mat 16:17  Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

Mat 16:18  And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

 

Notice also that Christ will give the keys of the kingdom to His church, and that is what you are reading right now.

 

Mat 16:19  And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."

 

God made the worlds by His Son.

 

Heb 1:1  God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,

Heb 1:2  has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;

 

The Son of God is mentioned in the Old Testament. Note carefully that Nebuchadnezzar is talking about the Most High God, God the Father. He is not talking about a son of a pagan God.

 

Dan 3:25  "Look!" he answered, "I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."

Dan 3:26  Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here." Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire.

 

The following verse states plainly that Jesus Christ is the Son of God prior to being born of Mary.

 

Pro 30:4  Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name, If you know?

 

[9] LOVE OF THE TRUTH.

 

2Th 2:10  and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2Th 2:11  And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,

2Th 2:12  that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

If we don’t love the truth; we will not be saved.



[10] FAITH.

 

Faith is a requirement of God, it is proof that God's word will come to pass.

 

Heb 11:1  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

 

The grace of God, which is unmerited pardon, is received through faith.

 

Eph 2:8  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

 

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

 

The keys of the kingdom are God's requirements for eternal life. We will not be in God's kingdom unless we believe and keep every one. They are, in no particular order.

 

[1] Belief.

 

[2] Fear [being in awe and reverence] of God.

 

[3] Obedience to God.

 

[4] Commandment keeping.

 

[5] Love.

 

[6] Doing good.

 

[7] Keeping Passover correctly.

 

[8] Knowing God the Father and God the Son.

 

[9] Love of the truth.

 

[10] Faith.
 

 

COMMENT.

 

The firstfruits are those who follow Christ wherever He leads. Rev. 14 v 4. The knowledge of God and Christ is revealed knowledge. This knowledge has come to light in the Laodicean era of God's church, the era least likely to accept it. The Philadelphian era was not given this knowledge. The over comers in that era are kept from Jacob's Trouble. Rev. 3 v 10. Their reward is not as good as the Laodicean era. We are in the era that will see Jacob’s trouble and the Day of the Lord. 

 

You have just received the knowledge that God requires, to be a firstfruit. It is useless to have zeal towards God without knowledge. This is revealed knowledge not academic knowledge. We must come to the knowledge of the truth.
The bible states, dozens of times that Christ is from the Father, and that Christ is the Son of God, Christ is from the beginning, and there is only one true God.

 

Heb 10:26  For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

 

This article has given the knowledge of the truth. To those with eyes to see, God is offering us the chance to be firstfruits. There can be no greater offer ever made. This is the knowledge of eternal life and also eternal death. God is not interested in part time or hobby Christians. He demands 100% commitment.
It seems that the knowledge that Jesus Christ is the Son of God from the beginning has been hidden since the time of the Apostles.

 

Luk 11:52  "Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered."

 

God chastised the first era mentioned in the book of Revelation for leaving their first love. God the Father is the first love.

 

Rev 2:4  Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

 

The Philadelphian era of God's church had to hold fast to what they had. That era, which has passed with the death of Mr. Armstrong, did not have this knowledge of the truth.

 

Rev 3:11  Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.

 

The truth can be opened to any one who [figuratively] hears Christ's voice. In the Laodicean era: Christ is knocking. We can let Him in.

 

Rev 3:20  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

 

My wife and I have gone to a great deal of trouble to correctly divide the word of truth. We are well aware of the penalty for putting our ideas into God's word. We will not knowingly misquote a scripture.

 

Do not believe me --------believe God--------He cannot lie.

 

With this knowledge comes great responsibility. Don’t let God down.

 

We will look at some scriptures that are traditionally used to state that Jesus Christ has inhabited eternity with the Great God. I will quote the scriptures and then give a comment.

 

Mic 5:2  "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting."

 

Pro 8:23  I have been established from everlasting, From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.

 

Everlasting can mean from the beginning.

 

Heb 13:8  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

 

Act 7:28  DO YOU WANT TO KILL ME AS YOU DID THE EGYPTIAN YESTERDAY?'

 

Yesterday can mean the day before.

 

Php 2:6  who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,

 

Joh 14:28  You have heard Me say to you, 'I am going away and coming back to you.' If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, 'I am going to the Father,' for My Father is greater than I.

 

Read this next verse carefully; Christ said He was equal with God, He also said that God was His Father.

 

Joh 5:18  Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.

 

Christ is God. He is not equal in power or authority to the Great God. Just as a physical son is equal to his father; so a spiritual Son is equal to His Father. Read Phil. 2 v 6. Again, Christ was in the form of God. Once He was born of the Father He was in the form of God.

 

Joh 10:30  I and My Father are one."

 

God and Christ are in complete agreement in everything they do. Christ speaks the Father's words. They are separate Gods, one a Father, and one a Son. They are two Gods, not one God.

 

Gen 1:1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

 

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

We have no trouble knowing that creation had a beginning, but we have used the word ‘beginning’ in John 1 v 1 to mean ‘from eternity.’ It does not mean from eternity, it means what it says.

 

Joh 8:58  Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."

 

‘I AM’ means I exist. Christ is saying in this verse that He existed before Abraham.

 

Heb 7:3  without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.

 

This is talking about Melchisedec. Read it again it’s talking about physical parents, physical ancestors and physical life. Melchisedec was not born of physical parents. He did not have beginning of days because he was created by God before days were in existence. Melchisedec is not Christ. Christ had end of days when He was crucified. Also he was made like the Son of God {Christ.}  Melchisedec was like Christ.

 

The following scripture is the words of God the Father. He was working before the creation of day and night. Angels were created before day and night were created.

 

Isa 43:13  Indeed before the day was, I am He; And there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?"



 


CHAPTER 8


CROSSING THE JORDAN.

 

 

As we have seen, the Exodus from Egypt is a type of our spiritual calling and coming out of the world.  Crossing of the Red Sea is a type of our baptism. Once the Israelites had crossed the Red Sea, the Promised Land was available, this is a type of receiving the Holy Spirit of promise, and eternal life is available. The Spirit of promise will enable us to understand God's word, grow in grace and knowledge, overcome, believe God, and obey, have faith and love.

 

Just as God gave the Israelites all they needed physically to journey to the shores of the Jordan, so when God gives the Holy Spirit of promise, we are given all we need spiritually to journey to eternal life.

 

The wandering through the wilderness for 40 years is a type of our lives as we have the day to day trials and tests.  God tests us as long as He chooses to see if our heart is right and if we believe Him and are prepared to obey Him.

 

Deu 8:2  And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

 

We see quite plainly by the above scripture why God had the Israelites wander for 40 years, now we must apply that to us, once we are baptised we are to wander for a period known only to God, for what purpose?……… to humble us, prove us, to know what is in our heart, and whether we will keep His commandments or not.
This could take many years, this is up to God. It is also up to us. During this time of wandering, God fed the Israelites on manna, this is a soft food and is a type of receiving the milk of the word.  The people were not ready for strong meat.  So it is with us, we have only had the milk until now. The food of the Promised Land {Eternal Life} is available once we accept the knowledge of Eternal Life.

 

Jos 5:12  Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land; and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Canaan that year.

 

The manna was food from God just as the teachings, until this time, have been from Mr. Armstrong, which have been inspired by God.

 

Once we show God that we want the Promised Land, that we want the Holy Spirit and God is as sure as He can be, that we will believe and obey Him, He offers us the knowledge of eternal life.

 

An extremely important factor at this point is that we BELIEVE GOD, this is stated over and over again through the scriptures. It is vitally important that we believe God, if we want Eternal Life.  Without belief we cannot enter the Promised Land.

 

Notice what happened when the spies were sent into the Promised Land to spy it out….

 

Num 13:1  And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Num 13:2  "Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them."

 

Num 13:25  And they returned from spying out the land after forty days.

Num 13:26  Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.

Num 13:27  Then they told him, and said: "We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.

Num 13:28  Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.

Num 13:29  The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan."

 

Num 13:31  But the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we."

Num 13:32  And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, "The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.

Num 13:33  There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight."

 

The spies brought back a bad report of the Promised Land; they did not want it.
We must be like Joshua and Caleb, and bring back a good report of the Promised Land, they wanted to enter the Promised Land.

 

Notice the wonderful attitude that Caleb and Joshua had in the following verses.

 

Num 13:30  Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, "Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it."


Num 14:7  and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: "The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.

Num 14:8  If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, 'a land which flows with milk and honey.'

Num 14:9  Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them."


Num 14:30  Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in.

 

Now notice the rebellious and stiff necked attitude of the Israelites, when confronted with the truth, they couldn’t handle it so they wanted to return to Egypt; go back to the ways of the world.

 

Num 14:4  So they said to one another, "Let us select a leader and return to Egypt."

 

This rejection of the Promised Land has again happened to God's Church, as we have seen recently so many that once believed and followed God, turned back and returned to Egypt, like a dog going back to its vomit.

 

Are we going to have a bad report about the Promised Land and return to Egypt or stay in the wilderness?  Or are we going to be like Joshua and Caleb, and be full of courage and strength and march on into the Promised Land?

 

Jos 14:7  I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart.

Jos 14:8  Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the LORD my God.

Jos 14:9  So Moses swore on that day, saying, 'Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children's forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God.'

 

God is extremely careful when He gives the Holy Spirit because once we have it there are severe penalties if we fall away from the truth.

 

Heb 6:4  For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,

Heb 6:5  and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,

Heb 6:6  if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

 

In Joshua Chapter 1 we read that Joshua was told three times by God to be strong and courageous.  This is then repeated again only this time the Israelites told Joshua to be strong and courageous in verse 18.  To continue our journey into the Promised Land requires strength and courage.

 

We must make our calling and election sure.

 

2Pe 1:10  Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;

 

Note also.

 

Mat 7:13  "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.

Mat 7:14  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

 

Jos 3:3  and they commanded the people, saying, "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it.

Jos 3:4  Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before."

 

The Israelites were told to follow the Ark of the Covenant {which was carried by the Priests} because they did not know the way to go.  This is a type of God's word leading His people for example. They would be lost if they did not follow the Ark.

We will be lost if we don’t follow God, where ever He leads.
The Israelites had not entered the Promised Land before, so it is with God's people, they have not been given access to the Promised Land, which is Eternal Life, before. God must show us, we must be willing to follow God where He leads us.
The Priests were given the responsibility of carrying the Ark, just as today the Priests are entrusted with the words of God, and leading the people into truth.
Once Joshua reached the shores of the Jordan River an amazing event occurred.

 

Jos 3:8  You shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, saying, 'When you have come to the edge of the water of the Jordan, you shall stand in the Jordan.' "

Jos 3:9  So Joshua said to the children of Israel, "Come here, and hear the words of the LORD your God."

Jos 3:10  And Joshua said, "By this you shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Hivites and the Perizzites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Jebusites:

Jos 3:11  Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is crossing over before you into the Jordan.

 

These verses say that the Priests and the Israelites could not cross the Jordan till they heard the words of God described in Josh 4 v 10.  The Priests and the Israelites had to hear what the Lord had commanded Joshua to speak to the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua.  If we want to receive God's Holy Spirit and enter the Promised Land, and receive Eternal Life, we must hear and accept the knowledge of eternal life.

 

Jos 3:13  And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, and they shall stand as a heap."

Jos 3:14  So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people,

Jos 3:15  and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest),

Jos 3:16  that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho.

 

There will eventually be a famine of hearing the Word of God, this is represented by the waters closing after all the people had crossed the Jordan.

 

Jos 4:18  And it came to pass, when the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD had come from the midst of the Jordan, and the soles of the priests' feet touched the dry land, that the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and overflowed all its banks as before.

 

Just as the path to the Promised Land was cut off, so will God's word be cut off some time in the future.

 

Isa 55:6  Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.

 

God will not wait forever, while we procrastinate, while we allow the cares of this world to come before our bible study, prayer and meditation.  Either we serve God or we don’t.
Once the people crossed over the Jordan they entered the Promised Land.  This is a type of us receiving the Holy Spirit and receiving Eternal Life inherent. Note carefully, the complete Passover service is involved in entering the Promised Land. The Wave Sheaf ceremony is included for the first time when the Promised Land is reached.

 

The following scripture shows some very amazing events.

 

Jos 5:10  Now the children of Israel camped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight on the plains of Jericho.

Jos 5:11  And they ate of the produce of the land on the day after the Passover, unleavened bread and parched grain, on the very same day.

Jos 5:12  Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land; and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Canaan that year.

 

Firstly we see the Israelites keep the Passover, followed by the first celebration of the Wave Sheaf.  Verse 11 this was spoken of in Leviticus.

 

Lev 23:10  "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest.

 

This was not to be kept until the Israelites entered the Promised Land.  This is a type of how God's people will keep the Wave Sheaf ceremony when they accept the knowledge of Eternal Life.  God decides when this will be for each person.  He will also decide when they will receive the Holy Spirit of power which is eternal life inherent.


 



CHAPTER 9


THE WAVE SHEAF

 

 

One of the mysteries of the Old Testament is the ceremony of the Wave Sheaf. The Wave Sheaf ceremony is a ‘statute for ever’ just as the Passover is, yet we have only kept the Passover. The reason for this is absolutely amazing, it is revealed clearly in scripture to those who love the truth.

 

Lev 23:10  "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest.

Lev 23:11  He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.

Lev 23:12  And you shall offer on that day, when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering to the LORD.

Lev 23:13  Its grain offering shall be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to the LORD, for a sweet aroma; and its drink offering shall be of wine, one-fourth of a hin.

Lev 23:14  You shall eat neither bread nor parched grain nor fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your God; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

 

The Old Testament Wave Sheaf pictures a sheaf of the firstfruits of the harvest to be waved before the Lord [God the Father] to be accepted for the Israelites. There is to be no grain eaten in any form prior to the sheaf being offered. The actual fulfilment of the Wave Sheaf by Jesus Christ shows that the Sabbath mentioned in Lev. 23 v 11 is the weekly Sabbath after His crucifixion.

 

The Wave Sheaf pictures Jesus Christ offering Himself to the Father on behalf of God's people.

 

The transfiguration mentioned in Matthew 17 and Mark 9 has never been understood until now. The understanding of the transfiguration will help us to understand the true meaning of the Wave Sheaf.

 

Mar 9:2  Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them.

Mar 9:3  His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them.

Mar 9:4  And Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.

 

The reason that it has not been understood until now is given in Mark.

 

Mar 9:9  Now as they came down from the mountain, He commanded them that they should tell no one the things they had seen, till the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

 

The true knowledge of the raising of Christ is now revealed, so we can be told about the transfiguration of Christ. The one to tell us will be, either: Peter, James, or John. The Apostle Peter tells us.

 

2Pe 1:16  For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.

2Pe 1:17  For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

2Pe 1:18  And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.

2Pe 1:19  And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;

2Pe 1:20  knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,

2Pe 1:21  for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

 

The transfiguration of Jesus Christ, and Moses, and Elijah, was the time that God the Father gave Christ honour and glory, even though Christ had not yet been crucified; God made this promise in advance. The transfiguration is also a time when we are warned not to interpret prophecy, but to let God interpret it.

 

Back to the Wave Sheaf. Jesus Christ fulfilled the Wave Sheaf on the Sunday morning after He was raised.

 

Joh 20:1  Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.

 

Joh 20:17  Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.' "

 

Read the above scripture carefully. This is where Christ's God becomes our God. Christ ascends to the Father to be accepted for us. Remember that at our baptism, we are baptised into Christ. Christ is our God until He ascends to the Father.

 

The Passover, which is kept, prior to the knowledge of the truth being revealed, pictures us being reconciled to God the Father. When the complete Passover ceremony is kept on the correct day, and includes the Wave Sheaf ceremony; it shows quite clearly that we are saved by Christ's life. This ceremony is part of the knowledge of the truth.

 

The Wave Sheaf ceremony will not be kept until we accept the knowledge of eternal life.

 

Rom 5:10  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

 

On the day of Christ's ascension to the Father on behalf of the apostles, Jesus breathed on them and said ‘receive the Holy Spirit.’ They did not actually receive the Holy Spirit until the Day of Pentecost, fifty days later.

 

Joh 20:22  And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.

 

Just as God gave honour and glory to Christ at the transfiguration, prior to His crucifixion, so Christ promised the Holy Spirit to the disciples fifty days prior to them actually receiving it.

 

The knowledge of eternal life gives an insight of the tremendous love that God has for His creation. Eternal death comes from blaspheming the Holy Spirit. At our baptism we receive the earnest or down payment of God's Spirit. This means that if we leave the church at this time, we have not committed the unpardonable sin. God is far from pleased with those who turn back from Him, and He puts them on a par with idol worshippers. These people will get a chance at salvation at some later date.  It will be a much lesser reward than they were originally offered. Note verse six in the following quote.

 

Zep 1:2  "I will utterly consume everything From the face of the land," Says the LORD;

Zep 1:3  "I will consume man and beast; I will consume the birds of the heavens, The fish of the sea, And the stumbling blocks along with the wicked. I will cut off man from the face of the land," Says the LORD.

Zep 1:4  "I will stretch out My hand against Judah, And against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. I will cut off every trace of Baal from this place, The names of the idolatrous priests with the pagan priests

Zep 1:5  Those who worship the host of heaven on the housetops; Those who worship and swear oaths by the LORD, But who also swear by Milcom;

Zep 1:6  Those who have turned back from following the LORD, And have not sought the LORD, nor inquired of Him."

 

Also, the parable of the prodigal son proves that if you leave God and go into the world; you can come back to God. This is different from an apparent conflicting scripture that says if you sin wilfully after receiving knowledge of the truth there remains no more sacrifice for sin. That is because the scripture quoted in Hebrews is referring to once we receive the Holy Spirit of power.

 

Heb 10:26  For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

 

The answer is plain, during the time in the wilderness it is possible to leave God and come back. After receiving the knowledge of the truth, we cannot leave God and come back.

 

God has a set date for all the Holy days, except the day of Pentecost. This is because the time of receiving the Holy Spirit depends on when God offers us the Knowledge of the truth. This time will vary and depends on our obedience and belief of God's word. Jesus’ Disciples received the Holy Spirit after about three and a half years from baptism.  The time of the Wave Sheaf is always on Sunday morning during the days of unleavened bread, this is not always three days from the Passover.  When we accept the knowledge of the truth, we will begin eating the New Testament Passover at the beginning of the 15th Nisan.

 

The Wave Sheaf pictures the time that God the Father accepts us into His Kingdom. From that point it is imperative that we persevere to the end regardless of the physical outcome. The Apostles were mostly put to death, and that is quite likely what will happen to those who accept God's Spirit.

 

Once we receive God's Spirit of life THERE IS NO TURNING BACK.

 

The following scripture can now be understood.

 

Jos 5:13  And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, "Are You for us or for our adversaries?"

Jos 5:14  So He said, "No, but as Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come." And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, "What does my Lord say to His servant?"

Jos 5:15  Then the Commander of the LORD's army said to Joshua, "Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy." And Joshua did so.

 

This is God the Word speaking. Joshua saw and worshipped the man. It was not God the Father as the Father cannot be looked upon.

 

When the Almighty God was revealed as Jehovah, prior to the Exodus: God the Father spoke out of the bush [And He said, do not come near here. Pull off your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground.]

 

When God revealed Himself as Jehovah at the burning bush, Moses had to take off his shoes because it was holy ground.

 

When the Israelites entered the Promised Land, Jehovah once again was in the midst of the Israelites, and God the Word said ‘take off your shoes, this is holy ground.’ The man with the sword is God the Word, and is confirming that Jehovah is once again with the Israelites. If you read on in Joshua Chapter 6 you will notice that God the Father was also there and He spoke to Joshua.

 

Compare the following two scriptures.

 

Exo 33:3  Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people."

 

Jos 3:10  And Joshua said, "By this you shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Hivites and the Perizzites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Jebusites:

 

The same word is used for ‘midst’ in the first verse and ‘among’ in the second verse. During the exodus God the Father was not in the midst of the Israelites. When they entered the Promised Land God the Father once again was in the midst of the Israelites.

 

Compare these two scriptures.

 

Gal 3:27  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

 

At our baptism, we have Christ for our God. We receive the earnest of the Spirit.  Later, when we receive the Spirit of power [or qualify to receive it by believing the knowledge of the truth] God the Father becomes our God.

 

Joh 20:17  Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.' "

 

The reader needs to understand there is a huge difference between the two phases of the Spirit of God, the first phase, the earnest of the Spirit, enables us to understand and grow, the second phase: the Holy Spirit of power, is eternal life inherent, before we receive this, we must believe, obey and love the knowledge of the truth.

 

Heb 10:26  For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

 

CHAPTER 10

 

THE CHOSEN ONES

 

 

The complete exodus is an exact parallel of our Christian journey to eternal life. The exodus makes plain the good news of the Kingdom of God.

 

God the Father calls us out of the ways of this evil world. We are blinded while we are in this world. We are baptised into Christ, our sins are forgiven and we receive the earnest of God's Spirit, which is the down payment of eternal life. The earnest of the Spirit enables us to obey God, which we cannot do in our carnal state. During this time: Jesus Christ is our God. God tests us during this time to see if we will obey Him. In God's time we are offered the knowledge of the truth, which is the knowledge of eternal life. We must believe this knowledge to receive the second phase of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit of power, which is eternal life inherent.

 

By keeping the Passover we are showing God that we accept Christ's sacrifice. The Wave Sheaf pictures God accepting us into His Kingdom, because of Christ offering Himself to God on our behalf.

 

In a nutshell, the Passover shows us accepting God: the Wave Sheaf shows God accepting us. This is when God the Father becomes our God.

 

After receiving eternal life inherent in the form of God's Spirit of power, we must then persevere to the end. This is the time that we will be hated in the world. A lot of God's Firstfruits will be put to death. This is when our biggest trials will come. This knowledge is given to the Laodicean era of God's church, this era will see the time of Jacob's trouble and the Day of the Lord, and the return of Christ. 

 

This era will also see the watchman who gives the prophecies of Ezekiel; to the English speaking people, to forewarn them of the coming trouble.
It will see Elijah, who will restore all things.
It will see the two witnesses who will prophesy with great power for almost three and a half years.

 

This article has given the knowledge of the truth, which is the knowledge of eternal life. God makes eternal life freely available to those who believe Him and have the courage to step out in faith to obey Him.

 

There is nothing better in the vast universe that God can offer us, yet it seems likely that only the very few will believe the bible and accept this offer to be Firstfruits to God and Christ in the Kingdom of God.

 

This offer from God to those in the spiritual wilderness will not last forever. The Jordan River will close and the chance to be Firstfruits to God and Christ in the Kingdom of God will be gone forever.

 

At the introduction of this article I quoted four scriptures that showed Moses is the key to the knowledge of the truth, I now ask you to read the following scriptures carefully.

 

Exo 32:12  Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, 'He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth'? Turn from Your fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to Your people.

 

Ex. 32 v 12 Is talking about the exodus. [A check of the chapter will confirm that.]

 

Deu 32:12  So the LORD alone led him, And there was no foreign god with him.

 

Isa 43:10  "You are My witnesses," says the LORD, "And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me.

Isa 43:11  I, even I, am the LORD, And besides Me there is no savior.

Isa 43:12  I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, And there was no foreign god among you; Therefore you are My witnesses," Says the LORD, "that I am God.

Isa 43:13  Indeed before the day was, I am He; And there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?"

 

This scripture is absolutely breathtaking. The bible is telling us that the Lord [Jehovah] has been revealed as the only true God, and it also says that the Lord has showed the knowledge of the exodus [the time when there was no strange God.]

 

It also shows who are God's witnesses that there is one true God. Read the following verses: The chosen ones, God's Elect, are the ones who know that there is one true God.

 

The chosen ones are chosen from the called ones.

 

Mat 20:16  So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen."

 

God's elect are the chosen ones.

 

Mar 13:20  And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days.

 

God's chosen ones believe the truth.

 

2Th 2:13  But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,

 

The called ones are not necessarily the chosen ones.

 

Rev 17:14  These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful."

 

God's elect have the foreknowledge of God the Father.

 

1Pe 1:2  elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.

 

God's elect are chosen from the called out ones. 

 

God's called ones can believe the truth, and should believe the truth. We, who have been called by God, can be chosen, by accepting the truth. We then must be faithful, and persevere to the end.

 

The ‘knowledge of the truth’ has been revealed by the Great God. Jesus Christ will decide when to build the Laodicean church. This Laodicean church will see the coming of God the Father, and the coming of Jesus Christ. The knowledge, which has started as a mustard seed will eventually fill the whole universe. 

 

There will come a time when the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord.

 

Isa 11:9  They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD As the waters cover the sea.

 

Jesus Christ is building His church on the knowledge that He is the Son of the one true God, from the beginning. 

 

Jesus Christ has revealed the keys of the kingdom. 

 

The scriptures that were right for the Philadelphian era are now superseded, as God uses the living book to reveal the knowledge of the truth, which is the knowledge of eternal life. The new truths are bound in heaven, and the old truths, which were right for the Philadelphia era, are now loosed in heaven.

 

Mat 16:19  And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."

 

Christ is building His church on knowledge at the time of writing: He will give the numbers at His appointed time.

 

There can be no greater reward offered by the Great God of the Universe: than to be Firstfruits in His Kingdom.

 

The firstfruits will be those who will help the Father and Christ to bring about the following verse.  The universe will eventually be full of the knowledge of the truth, we are the firstfruits we have that knowledge, let us do all to make our calling and election sure.

 

1Ti 2:4  who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.