THE SIGNS THAT
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THE SIGN THAT AVERTS PLAGUES
Let us read once again in Exodus the promise regarding the second great sign that is given to cause men to believe:
"And it shall come about that if they will not believe you or heed the witness of the first sign, they will believe the witness of the last sign."
This is the promise of the second sign, the "last sign." With it is the assurance that if the first sign is not sufficient, then the second will be sufficient - "they will believe the witness of the last sign."
Exodus 4:30-31 tells us that Moses and Aaron "performed the signs in the sight of the people (the sons of Israel)," and "the people believed." While it does not say how many signs were performed, we certainly anticipate that the plural tense of the word "signs" would indicate that at least the first two signs were performed, which is most likely all that was necessary.
So, we see that these are in fact the signs that cause men to believe, in that the son's of Israel did believe. But when Moses went to Pharaoh, what signs did he perform?
The first sign performed to Pharaoh was once again the first sign that causes men to believe - he turned Aaron's rod into a snake and turned it back into a rod. Did Pharaoh believe at that point? No. In fact Pharaoh's heart was hardened.
So did Yahweh then perform the second sign that had the assurance that with it men would believe? In answering this, keep in mind here that the instruction of Yahweh to Moses at the burning bush was that "if they will not believe even these two signs or heed what you say, then you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground; and the water which you take from the Nile will become blood on the dry ground." But was the second sign to Pharaoh the convincing hand into the bosom? No, it was not.
This second sign had the promise that when performed, men would believe. Did Yahweh want Pharaoh to believe? Not at all. His plan for Pharaoh was to harden his heart and strike the Egyptians with His miracles, or His plagues. The first sign was just that, a sign. It was not a plague. Likewise, the second sign was a sign, and not a plague. But, the third sign had the potential of being more than a sign; it had the potential of becoming a plague that would affect everyone who lived along the great Nile River.
When Yahweh sent Moses to Pharaoh the second time, He did not want him to believe, for He was going to demonstrate His wrath and plagues upon him and Egypt. So, when the next sign was given to Pharaoh, Moses did not place his hand into his bosom twice, even as he undoubtedly performed for the sons of Israel. No, Moses was instructed to proceed with the third sign of turning the water of the Nile River into blood, which was only the beginning of a series of wholly destructive plagues that befell Egypt until Pharaoh finally let the sons of Israel go.
What do we see from this? Though the first sign is performed to Egypt, it is in fact the second sign that is profoundly critical for causing men to believe and averting the plagues and wrath of Yahweh.
Yahweh performed the first sign even to Egypt, for whom He had plans of wrath. But, He in no wise performed the second sign, which has the promise to believe. So, it can now be asked - What will Yahweh do at the close of this period of time before the return of Yahshua? Having performed the first sign of turning the staff into a serpent, i.e. - Christianity, will He now pour out His wrath as many Christians warn us? Will the plagues of Yahweh come upon mankind in order to deliver His people out of Egypt? The answer to this depends entirely on what sign Yahweh performs next.
Yahweh has performed the first sign of Christianity. If Yahweh performs His second sign that has the promise of a two-part Remnant work, then no, the plagues will not be necessary and men will believe. On the other hand, if Yahweh does not call out a second Remnant, then the waters of the Nile will turn red and the remainder of the plagues will follow. Everything then depends on Yahweh's next sign. He has performed the first. What will be the second sign?
If Satan-dominated Christianity had its way, truly the next sign would be wrath and destruction. But, let us take assurance that the second sign will in fact be the wrath-averting establishment of the second Remnant. Why? What assurance do we have that He will perform this sign for man's good, and not for evil? We have a most assuring promise.
What is the promise? Quite simply, because Yahweh has already set apart the first Remnant. The first dove has already been slain. Equally, the hand has already passed into the bosom and come out leprous (evidenced by the leprous condition of the church since then - a most important and revealing point). If the first Remnant work has taken place, then the second Remnant work will take place. If the blood of the first bird was collected in the earthen vessel over water, and it was, then the second bird will be taken out to an open field, dipped into the first bird's blood, and released alive. If the hand was placed into the bosom and came out leprous, it is an assurance that the second part of that bosom miracle will equally take place. The occurrence of the first part, though having taken place 2,000 years ago, is the guarantee that the second part will take place.
Hebrews 6:17-18 tells us - "God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, in order that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge in laying hold of the hope set before us." Anyone who searches those verses will be hard pressed to find out what are those "two unchangeable things." They are not stated there. What are they? Clearly, the "two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie" are the two witnesses, the two birds, the two hands into the bosom of the two-part Remnant. Will Yahweh lie and not bring forth this greatly needed wrath-averting second sign? No, for we "have strong encouragement" that He will indeed complete this second sign that averts His wrath. "This hope we have," the promise continues, "as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil ...." This is the destiny and the hope of the latter days second Remnant - that we too will enter within the veil where Yahshua and the first Remnant have preceded us.
Now let us draw once again from the promise that was developed at the close of the last section. Thomas declared, "Unless I shall see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe." Did Yahshua demonstrate to Thomas the sign that was necessary for him to believe? Indeed He did! Did Thomas believe? Yes he did! So, will Yahweh give mankind the sign that is essential for man to believe? Yes, yes He will!
Yahshua bears on His body the marks of the church, the marks of the two signs that cause belief. The pierced feet are for Christianity, the first sign given to Moses, and the sign that has been given to mankind for 2,000 years. The pierced hands and the pierced side are for the Remnant, the second sign given to Moses, and the first part of which has already been accomplished. Yahshua thus bears on His own body the testimony of both of these signs that cause belief. And as long as those marks are upon Yahshua's body, we can be assured He will perform them!
The sign of the pierced hands and pierced side given to Thomas Didymus, the second sign given through Moses, both look to the two-part Remnant that will be Yahweh's second sign to mankind. The half-sign of the pierced hands has been fulfilled; all that remains to be accomplished is the pierced side. What Yahweh evidenced to Thomas, what are evidenced on Yahshua's body, what Yahweh performed for the Israelites, what He has foretold and revealed in other prophetic testimonies, He will perform. Now we await Yahweh's provision of the latter rain that will empower and establish the second Remnant.
Will there be wrath, or belief? According to the promises and testimonies of Yahweh, according to the marks on Yahshua's body, clearly Yahweh will complete the much needed and promise-fulfilling second sign of His Remnant work. He will bring out from the side of the body of Yahshua a bride, His second part Elijah Remnant that will ascend alive to heaven, overcome death, and be united with the first Remnant to provide the vital second sign to mankind. Yahweh will not add more death, which man does not need, but His testimony will be life! Aren't you tired of death? What we need is life!
Are you now beginning to understand the absolute vital importance of this latter rain second Remnant that is being revealed and examined in these writings? Do you understand the utter corruption, deception, and failure of Christianity, although it has been a vital first sigh to cause men to believe? The fulfillment and purposes of both of these signs are most important truths to grasp as we approach the return of Yahshua, constantly contending with all the deception that Satan has spewed out of his mouth upon Christian man. Some day, you will be shocked at how deceived you have been (if it is not already beginning to dawn upon you).
Let us fittingly close this section on the sign that averts plagues with the closing words of the Old Testament. Malachi means "messenger," and Malachi was written to reveal the messenger, the Elijah that will go before Yahshua. This is the messenger of whom it was written - "Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me" (Malachi 3:1). Who is this messenger that will clear the way for the return of Yahshua? It is not a solitaire man, as it was with John; but it is a people, a host of people, who are the fulfillment of the second part of the second sign. The Elijah will be the second Remnant, who will clear the way for the return of Yahshua, and will ascend alive to heaven.
How will the second Remnant "clear the way"? One most important way is to clear out all the false teachings that have been spewed out of Satan's mouth into earthly Christianity. We will say more on this later. But another critically important purpose of the Elijah Remnant is what we have seen in this section regarding the aversion of wrath, which the second sign affords. In this regard, let us now look at the final words of the Old Testament, which closes with this promise:
"Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of Yahweh. And he will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse."
What is the power of Elijah, who precedes the return of Yahshua? And with what great promise and hope does the Old Testament close? It is the promise and the hope of the Elijah second Remnant. It is the wrath averting work of the Elijah second Remnant. The second Remnant Elijah must go before Yahshua, lest He "come and smite the land with a curse."
Could the earth be cursed? Absolutely! It is wholly worthy of it, including Christians! But Yahweh will call out His second Remnant Elijah that averts the curse. The plagues of wrath would come, if the second sign were not completed by the establishment of the vital second Remnant Elijah.
Will the earth be smitten with the curse that Christians predict and anticipate? If we relied solely upon them, absolutely! But, they are not the Elijah, and the only message they can offer is the consequence if they were the ONLY sign. BUT, they are not the only sign. The completion of the second sign will come, the Elijah, and it is this most important sign that has the promise to avert the curse on the land warned in Malachi and foretold by the plagues on the Egyptians. So Christians, you're not looking at the big picture. You are only looking at yourselves, which has been your fault for 2,000 years. There must be a work outside of you, for your work, as necessary as it has been, is corrupt and vile and incomplete. Christianity cannot give us the truth, not when its head is Satan.
There is only one hope in these days before us - that Yahweh will complete His two-part Remnant testimony. Will He complete it? He must. What He has begun, HE WILL FINISH!
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