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We have seen in this writing the conclusive and highly revealing testimonies of Carmel, considered the great need of the bride of Yahshua as well as the value of the body, and examined why the kingdom must be divided, resulting in the establishment of the two works in the kingdom via the coming out of the bride from the body. In closing this writing, let us see the testimony Yahweh has given us regarding the piercing of the body in order to obtain the bride, as well as the establishment of the rib.
In The Promise and in other writings here as well, we have noted that the account of Abraham's chief servant, Eliezer (meaning - helper of God), going to the city of Nahor to find a bride for Isaac, is an obvious and widely accepted prophetic testimony of the Holy Spirit obtaining a bride for Yahshua. However, what most people miss in this revealing testimony is that Nahor means "piercing," providing clear evidence as to precisely how or where that bride is obtained - by piercing the body of Yahshua. Eliezer went to "piercing" to get the bride.
We have pointed out in the writing, Passover, that the Israelite's entrance into the promised land at Passover after forty years of wandering in the wilderness, is a clear picture of the Remnant entering into the "promised land" of gaining their immortal born-from-above bodies, following the period of the "church in the wilderness." Here their crossing of the Jordan affords a most significant and, once again, revealing testimony that this is indeed the bride entering into this promised land. And here again we will similarly consider the meaning of the names of the cities. Yahweh provides us some most useful and insightful information in the meaning of names.
When the Israelites came up to the Jordan, the priests were instructed to take the ark of the covenant and stand in the waters of that flooding river - "the soles of the feet of the priests who carry the ark of Yahweh" were to "rest in the waters of the Jordan" (Joshua 3:13). Once again we see here the testimony of the feet - the rights to the kingdom of God. And it was only a few who were needed to stop that Jordan - a "rib," a cloud the size of a man's palm. Also, the river was flooding because "the Jordan overflows all its banks all the days of harvest." And here again we see the testimony that "the fields are white unto harvest."
In another clear testimony that Yahweh has provided here, we read that the Israelites were specifically instructed that the people were to keep a distance of 2,000 cubits between them and the ark (vs. 4). The reason should be obvious here. This relates, of course, to the 2,000 swine that went to the sea. The 2,000 cubits testify to the 2,000 years of the church that transpire before the second Remnant's entrance into the promised land. It was a 2,000 year space of time that separated the people from the ark (containing within it the two stone tablets that Moses brought down from the mountain a second time, when his face shone with the glory of Yahweh) that proceeded before them in entering into the promised land. Let us now examine more carefully what took place in order for that two-tablet-bearing ark to cross over.
The priest's feet went into the Jordan, and when they did, we read that "the waters which were flowing down from above stood and rose up in one heap, a great distance away at the city of Adam beside Zarethan" (vs. 16). These waters piling up at Adam beside Zarethan afforded the Israelite's entrance into the promised land. What testimony has Yahweh given us here in the meaning of the names of these towns?
It is obviously most significant that the waters of the Jordan piled up at Adam, the name of the first man. For now, we will simply note that there is some obvious association of the first man, Adam, with the heaping of the waters of the Jordan. But let us proceed on in this. There are two other words associated here with the city of Adam; the waters heaped up at Adam beside Zarethan.
Actually, the word "beside" has the preposition "from" within that Hebrew word, so that the word is more literally "from side." Thus the phrase, "the city of Adam beside Zarethan," is more literally, "the city of Adam from the side Zarethan." It is obvious why the translators chose to use "beside" and not "from the side." "Beside" is much more conversational; the sentence flows better. But for now, let us insert the more precise meaning of that Hebrew word, and look at the city to which Adam is "from the side."
We find here that Yahweh is providing a most clear evidence of what was prophetically happening when the waters heaped up at Adam "from the side" Zarethan in order for the Israelites to finally enter into the much welcomed promised land. There is no mistaking what Yahweh is telling us here, any more than there is when Eliezer went to "piercing" in order to get a bride. For we find that both "Nahor" and "Zarethan" have the same meaning - "PIERCING!"
Thus we have the following clear testimony - "the waters which were flowing down from above (like the latter rain that flows down from above) stood and rose up in one great heap, a great distance away at the city Adam from the side piercing." Thus we find this conclusion - it is the "side piercing" of the body of the last Adam, the body of Christ, that brings the heaping up of the waters of the great Jordan that flow down from above, thus bringing the people into the promised land!
There should be no question to the reader that what is witnessed here is the piercing of the body of Christ, the body of the last Adam, in order to obtain a bride that will enter into the promised land via the heaping up of the waters that flow down from above. This is the latter rain that descends upon the second Remnant bride that comes out of the pierced side of the body and enters alive into heaven as the Elijah, to receive with the first Remnant their born-from-above immortal bodies.
This latter rain from above is what will empower, cleanse, and equip the Remnant bride for the Son. It will provide the waters for the bride to bathe in, and she will be beautiful in Yahweh's sight. The former 2,000 years of Christianity will remain in their sleep, while the bride is glorified in heaven. She, like Rebekah, will be taken into the mother's tent - Jerusalem above. There, she will be made ready to reign with the King of Kings. No wrath, no destruction, no holocaust on this earth, only the King of Kings united with His bride, reigning in a world that needs Him desperately! No wrath, no destruction, no holocaust, for the King of Kings is pleased and greatly satisfied with the love and companionship of His bride. He will not bring His new bride to a land that has been entirely destroyed by Him with incomparable wrath. No, He will bring His bride to a land wherewith He will enter into it with her for her pleasure and glory. The glory of the bride will outshine the glory of the world at its very height.
This is the bride. As we have seen in this writing, this is her purpose - to atone for and cover the body, for she is the "new thing," and to give pleasure to her Husband. May these things be accomplished very soon!
To close this lengthy, revealing, and affirming writing, we will take one more look at the man who represented the very heart of Yahweh - David. This account comes toward the close of his life. Once again we are forced to keep our review of this account to a minimum.
In 2 Samuel 21, we see that there was a drought that had lasted three years. David went before Yahweh and found out that it had come on account of Saul's unjust actions against the Gibeonites. (You might want to study this sometime.) To solve the problem, David turned over to the Gibeonites seven men from the sons of Saul. These men were then obviously killed. Two of those men were the sons of Rizpah, Saul's concubine. Significantly, these men were killed specifically at the barley harvest, the Remnant harvest.
If you did not get all of that, just stay with us. We read that Rizpah then took sackcloth, spread it over a rock, kept the birds and the beasts away from the bodies of her sons, and sat there from barley harvest "until water was poured on them from heaven."
Isn't that a MOST interesting statement, a MOST interesting scenario? Continuing on:
When David was told what Rizpah had done, he went and got the bones of Saul from Jabesh-gilead (meaning - dry rock or dry witness) and buried them in Saul's father's grave at Zela.
Now, what does this most interesting and unique account mean for us? Quite a bit, as you will see.
It has been pointed out that Saul reveals or represents Christianity, the work that was premature (as was Saul), was given the right to reign on Pentecost (as was Saul), performs actions apart from Yahweh (like Saul), fails to destroy its enemy (like Saul), and the list goes on and on. So when David went to "dry rock or dry witness" to get the bones of Saul, what was happening prophetically?
What are bones? Bones give structure to the body and are the source of life. Life is in the blood, the Bible says, and the source of that life is the bones. Why did they not break Yahshua's bones, other than to fulfill Scripture? They did not break Yahshua's bones because He had the power of an indestructible life, and that power is represented by the bones. Breaking His bones would have meant the breaking of His power of resurrection, and that could never be. This was the power seen in the bones of Elisha; when a dead man was thrown onto his bones, the man came back to life!
So when David went and got the bones of Saul at "dry witness," and moved them to Zela, what was Yahweh telling or showing us that He will do with the power of an indestructible life that has been with the dead church? When David took those bones to Zela, David transferred that power to a new location - from "dry witness" to Zela. What does Zela mean? The answer to this question determines who will have the power of an indestructible life. Christianity has had that power for 2,000 years; but they still go to the grave. Will they come out of the grave? Absolutely; but in their time - on their "Sabbath," which is not on the seventh day, but on the following eighth day, their Sunday "Sabbath."
Frankly, the testimony of Rizpah reminded David that the bones of Saul, the power of an indestructible life, had been at "dry witness" long enough! When the concubine of Saul had sat on that rock with her sackcloth from Barley harvest "until water was poured on them from heaven," David decided it was time to move the bones of Saul to a new and more appropriate location - Zela! What then is the meaning of this place that now received the power of an indestructible life, transferring it from a "dry witness"? Zela means "RIB!"
There is absolutely no question what the rib represents. It clearly represents the bride that comes out of the body, the bride that came out of the body of Adam, and even the bride of Yahshua that comes out of the body of the last Adam. The transfer of the bones of Saul from "dry witness" to "rib" because of the intercession of the one who sat on the rock from barley harvest "until water was poured on them from heaven," is the establishment of the Remnant bride that comes out of the body of Christ in these days to take that power and ascend alive into heaven as the Elijah, and for the first time ever to defeat death, driving that tent peg into the head of Satan for his final death blow! Hallelu-Yah!
It is most appropriate at this point that we recall Stephen Manning's confession, and invite you to join this Remnant bride who lives in truth. Here, once again, is the confession of Stephen Manning:
Just for the record, We denounce christianity as well as the body of christ. We are not a part of it. We are indeed a member of His Remnant Bride never to participate in this apostate church and her doctrines. We anxiously await His Spirit from above and the putting on of His incorruptible body. We cannot wait to drive that final stake into Satan as death is defeated.
We invite you to join us in making this most important confession. And if you do join us, e-mail us.
There is no need for this writer to belabor this. The evidence and testimony of Yahweh's word is before you. The decision is now yours. As declared by the words of Elijah (the witness that precedes the return of Yahshua), now, in 2000, you are faced with the question - "How long will you hesitate between two opinions?" If the Remnant bride is Yahweh's work, be a part of it; if Christianity, the body of Christ, is the answer, follow it.
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