You will notice that when Yahshua walked out the forty days in the wilderness, they were actually a full and complete forty days and forty nights without food or water (Matthew 4:2). Likewise, while Moses was in the wilderness, he walked out, not one but, two complete forty days and forty nights without food or water – his sixth and eighth trips up Mount Sinai (Exodus 24:18 and 34:28). And Elijah, as the fulfillment of Moses in a ninth trip up Mount Sinai, likewise went forty days and forty nights in the wilderness without food or water (1 Kings 19:8). Obviously, these speak of the great and terrible wilderness of Christianity (with one exception, which we will address here).
Why is the term “days and nights” used? Because this speaks of a total and complete period of time. In like manner, we read that Jonah was in the belly of the sea monster three days and three nights (Jonah 1:17), and that Yahshua was in the grave three days and three nights (Matthew 12:40). Thus we see from these prophetic intercessions regarding the forty Jubilee waiting periods of wilderness Christianity, that it would be a complete and full period.
We also read in Genesis 7:4 and 12 that it rained for forty days and forty nights. So what could this mean? Clearly, this speaks of an equally full and complete period of forty Jubilee waiting periods. Getting right to the point, it speaks of the glory of Yahweh that will cover the earth in the Millennial reign. In this third fulfilling curse-reversing legal period of forty Jubilee waiting periods, His glory will ever increase on the earth until the entire earth is filled with His glory.
But, you will notice that in the forty days of Yahshua’s intercession for the Millennial reign, He ascended alive on the fortieth day. In contrast to His wilderness experience, His intercession here was not forty days and forty nights. So what does this mean? Let us see. We will begin by reading Revelation 20:4-8:
Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand [i.e., the first Remnant]; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years. When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore.
So why did Yahshua ascend alive on the last day of the forty-day period, and not after? And why does it repeatedly say here that we will rule and reign with Yahshua for a thousand years? Does His reign end after a thousand years? Or do we cease reigning after a thousand years? No, very importantly, the pattern we see in His forty days is that He is here with man for the Millennial reign, and at its end He will go back to the Father. In other words, He will come in the Millennial reign and build the temple for the Father, presenting Himself to man throughout that period and performing convincing signs, and His Remnant will rule and reign with Him, as it is written. But at the end of the Millennium, even before it is the next day, He will ascend back to the Father.
What next? The Remnant, who are in immortal bodies, will remain to continue His kingdom on earth. How long will He be gone? For another forty Jubilee waiting periods. Let us examine this.
You will recall that, very significantly, Moses went up on the mountain for two separate periods of forty days and forty nights – the sixth and the eighth trips. Also, in both of these trips, Moses was given the two tablets of the testimony. Thus, what we see evidenced are in fact two periods of forty Jubilee waiting periods, as well as Yahweh’s Law. As you will see, one of these periods has already been fulfilled, and the other will be fulfilled following the Millennium. Let us first examine Moses’ sixth and eighth trips.
On Moses’ sixth trip up the mountain, he fasted forty days and forty nights and was given the two tablets of testimony. When he returned, the sons of Israel had built a golden calf. Moses broke the tablets, and he burned the calf, ground it into fine powder, scattered it over the water, and made them drink it. Also, 3,000 men were slain with the sword (Exodus 32:19-28).
Yahweh was so displeased with the sons of Israel that after Moses’ seventh trip up the mountain, He told them to go into the promised land, but He would not go with them. Thereupon, the people repented and Moses appealed to Yahweh. Yahweh then repented of not going with them and called Moses back up the mountain for the last time (when actually the seventh was supposed to have been the last).
On Moses’ eighth trip up the mountain, he once again fasted forty days and forty nights, and once again received two tablets of testimony (which Moses carved this time). When he returned, his face glowed and Aaron and the people were afraid to go near him. What do these two distinctly similar trips speak to us? First, once again we will see a flip. The last will be first, and the first will be last.
Yahweh was going to give Christianity 3,000 years, but even as He repented of His wrath and would go with the sons of Israel into the promised land, so He has repented of His wrath and will go with the church into the promised land, the Millennial reign – His Son’s return.
Revealingly, on Moses’ seventh trip up the mountain (Exodus 32:30-34), he told Yahweh:
"Alas, this people has committed a great sin, and they have made a god of gold for themselves. But now, if You will, forgive their sin – and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!"
This is the message regarding the church as they enter into the Millennial age, raising the ultimate question of having one’s name written in the book of life. Christians have made the kingdom of heaven into a god of gold for themselves. But Yahshua appeals to Yahweh and He repents, even as He declared to Moses:
"Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book. But go now, lead the people where I told you. Behold, My angel shall go before you; nevertheless in the day when I punish, I will punish them for their sin."
Yahweh repents and cuts the days of Christianity short to two and Yahshua comes off the mountain, and His face glows with such splendor that men fear Him. When Moses came off the mountain the eighth time with his glowing face, he represented Yahshua’s return.
So we see then that the eighth trip is actually flipped to be fulfilled first, Yahweh having mercy, repenting of His judgment, and Yahshua thereby returning for the Millennial reign. Then what about the like sixth trip up the mountain? We will address this, but first let us briefly identify the Millennium.
The foremost reason the Millennial reign will be so significant and unique is that the Son of God will be on the earth – Yahweh repenting of His wrath, and thereby His presence, His Son, being with the people as we enter into the promised land, establishing His kingdom on earth.
And regarding these events and everything Yahweh does, you can be most certain that it will follow His replicable patterns and ways, as we are already seeing. Of course the pattern of the church is that which is set forth in Zechariah 4, the work that is not by might nor by power, but by Yahweh’s Spirit. That pattern is a seven-branched lampstand with an olive tree on each side.
Olive tree — Lampstand — Olive tree
As we have noted, patterns are replicable. First we see that the two Remnant and Christianity fulfill this pattern. Then Christianity and Yahshua will fulfill this pattern.
First, the body of Christ is the lampstand, with the two Remnant on each side.
First Remnant — Christianity — Second Remnant
But it is equally true that, second, Yahshua’s reign for a thousand years is the lampstand, with the two works of Christianity on each side.
Christianity — Millennial reign — Christianity
Again, Yahshua’s presence on the earth for 1,000 years is what makes this Millennial period so unique. He was not present in the first 2,000 years, and He cannot be present in the last 2,000 years. And remember, as we read in Luke 6:5, Yahshua said that “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” It is quite striking that He identified His Lordship specifically with the sabbath. Yahshua was on the mountain in the preceding 2,000 years – the eighth trip. And as you will see, He goes back up the mountain for the concluding 2,000 years – the sixth trip. The first will be last, and the last will be first.
Eighth trip — Millennial reign — Sixth trip
Even from the standpoint of the number of the trips up the mountain, we see this same testimony regarding a Millennial rest. Here we see the seventh trip correlating with the seventh day, the sabbath rest. But as we have noted, the other two trips flip. It is truly amazing how often Yahweh flips two pairs!
Eighth trip — Seventh trip — Sixth trip
While the first 2,000 years of Christianity have been a Moses period, Christians will have their Elijah period in the 2,000 years following the Millennium. This pattern was testified to on the mount of transfiguration where we see Yahshua being glorified with Moses and Elijah (Matthew 17:1-3).
Moses period — Millennial reign — Elijah period
We know what the Moses period has been – it has meant a wilderness experience and death. So what takes place in the Elijah period?
This latter period is what is spoken of in Revelation 20:5: “The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed.” These are Christians who died in the Moses period. As it is written in Isaiah 26:19, they will come back from the grave into their earthly bodies. “Your dead will live; their corpses will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy, for your dew is as the dew of the dawn, and the earth will give birth to the departed spirits.”
In a technical sense, they are reincarnated. In other words, they reenter their carnal bodies, even as did those after Yahshua’s resurrection. “The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many” (Matthew 27:52-53). Only this time, the holy city will be the beginnings of the new heavens and the new earth. Thus, these came out of their graves as a prophecy of that which was to be.
Why do Christians come back in earthly bodies? To learn righteousness. To pay their debts for sins they committed intentionally, for which there is no sacrifice (Hebrews 10:26). As Yahshua said, they will pay every last cent (Matthew 5:21-26). Concerning this period, Job 33:29-30 also tells us: “Behold, God does all these twice, three times with men, to bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be enlightened with the light of life.” There will be two and three resurrections so that men can come back and be enlightened, to learn righteousness, and to pay their debts. The first Remnant, the first resurrection, are unique among all men because they ascend from the grave directly to the Father. Christians will be in the second resurrection.
Quite interestingly, this split two-part work of the body of Christ is the identical pattern we saw in Daniel 9:24-27 regarding the seven-year covenant that is split three-and-a-half years and three-and-a-half years. Even as that covenant is split into two works separated by a breach and are flipped, in like manner the works of the body of Christ are split into two works separated by a breach and are flipped. Whether it be Yahshua’s covenant ministry period, or the covenant ministry period of the body of Christ, they both follow the identical pattern.
Having noted this, let us examine another not so welcomed testimony concerning this post-Millennial period. In Revelation 20:3 and 7-8 we read:
… and he [an angel] threw him [Satan] into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time.
When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth ….
Satan will be bound in the Millennial reign. But when Yahshua returns to heaven at the end of the Millennium, he will be released back on the earth for a short time.
If at this point you have not already thrown away false Christian teachings about these matters, now is the time to do so. It seems quite fitting that when Yahshua goes back to the Father, this begins the Moses sixth “forty days and forty nights” trip up the mountain – the last, the eighth trip, being first; and the first, the sixth trip, being last. What happened on Moses’ sixth trip up the mountain? The very thing spoken of here concerning Satan being released at the end of the Millennial reign – rebellion, setting up another god.
It is impossible for us at this place in time to be able to anticipate how Satan will deceive the nations for a short time during the post-Millennial 2,000 year period, what those parabolic verses concerning Gog and Magog and the war might mean and how they will be fulfilled, or how the angel will then throw Satan into the lake of fire and brimstone. Nor do we know what the actual duration of a “short time” might be. But one thing we can be certain about though, and that is that it will not be a natural war like Christians blindly set forth; nor will it be a place of torment for Satan, but a place of purification.
Who could have anticipated beforehand what the failure of the first 2,000-year Moses period would have meant? Three things will be going on during that time though. The Remnant, the Aaron, will remain here on earth. And we know that Christians will be brought back to the earth. But we also know that Satan will be loosed shortly after the Millennium and will remain here for a “short time.” In all of this mix, it will certainly be a time of testing and proofing for all men.
Keep in mind, when the sons of Israel crossed into the promised land, it was not a piece of cake either. There were many battles required in order to take the land.
But let us fast-forward through that period. At the end of those post-Millennial forty Jubilee waiting periods, Christians will likewise ascend alive and meet Yahshua in the air, as did the second Remnant. And also like the Remnant, they too will receive their immortal incorruptible bodies.
And regarding this ascension, let us look at yet another revealing pattern concerning Moses’ trips up the mountain. In Moses’ third trip up the mountain, Yahweh declared to him: “Go down and come up again, you and Aaron with you; but do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to Yahweh, or He will break forth upon them” (Exodus 19:24). But we find that when Moses went up the mountain the fourth time, he did not take Aaron as instructed (Exodus 20:21f). It was not until the fifth time that he took Aaron, along with Nadab and Abihu, his two sons, as well as seventy of the elders of Israel (Exodus 24:9).
If you lay these trips out in a pattern related specifically to the period of the church, using the graph we are familiar with but with the preceding 4,000 years removed, you see the following:
Yahweh told Moses to bring Aaron up on the mountain on, what would have been, trip 4. But this did not take place until trip 5, or the very time in which the Elijah ascension of Christians will take place. Thus, the Aaron Remnant do not ascend in this first post-Millennial 1,000 year period, but will undoubtedly ascend with the body of Christ in their Elijah ascension. These two are represented in Aaron – the Remnant – and the seventy elders – Christianity. You will recall that the sons of Israel were placed in captivity for seventy years, and this number is identified with the Babylonian captivity of mystery Babylon Christianity – so the seventy are Christians. Who are those represented by Nadab and Abihu? I don’t know.
You will also notice that regarding, what would have been, that fourth trip, Yahweh warned – “do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to Yahweh, or He will break forth upon them.” Yahweh will not be finished with dealing with Christians in the first half of the Elijah period, and they cannot ascend up the mountain, lest He harshly judge them.
With the body of Christ brought into immortality at the end of its Elijah period, Yahweh will have completed His two-part temple – the holy of holies first-resurrection Remnant, and the holy place second-resurrection body of Christ. In testimony to this, the holy of holies was ten cubits by ten cubits, or 100 cubits; and the holy place was ten cubits by twenty cubits, or 200 cubits. The Remnant rule and reign with Yahshua for 1,000 years, and the body of Christ occupies the two 2,000 year periods on each side of the Millennium. Thus, the 100 and 200 are simply representations of these two temple parts, but at the higher thousands level.
While the temple construction did indeed begin in the Millennial reign, and in type per the Remnant Yahweh did have a temple; in truth, the temple is not complete until both the Remnant Bride holy of holies and Christianity’s body of Christ holy place are made one in heaven. In more complete fulfillment of Revelation 21, the new Jerusalem will then come down out of heaven and reside upon this earth.
And let it be noted here that one of the reasons for the Elijah period is to, once again, prepare the way for Yahshua – His third coming. Mary prepared the way for His first coming. The second Remnant prepares the way for His second coming. And the body of Christ prepares the way for His third coming.
But His coming this third time will be as a Moses when he came off the mountain, broke the tablets, and burned the golden calf, ground it into powder, scattered it on the waters, and made them drink it. What all can that mean? We will have to wait and see. But it is here that Yahshua will begin His white throne judgment spoken of in Revelation 20:11-15. Therefore, the white throne judgment does not begin until after the post-Millennial forty Jubilee waiting periods when Satan is released and Christians complete their Elijah period.
Thus, it will have taken six days, or 6,000 years, of creation for Yahweh to build His temple, His kingdom. Of course that is a legal six days; for in actuality, He stacks the fourth day on the third day, cutting it short to a chronological five. Read Intercession, page 2, and you will see that this is precisely what Yahweh testified when, on Moses’ third trip up the mountain, He told him to bring Aaron up next time; yet Aaron did not go up until the fifth trip. Here again Yahweh had to stack the fourth on the third. This is simply another attesting truth concerning this. Once again, the marvels, but indeed the wonders, of prophecy.
And let it be noted here that for Yahshua to have three comings is entirely consistent with the ways and patterns of Yahweh. Throughout the Scriptures, almost anything of significance is in the form of a trinity. And the nature of essentially all trinities is that two are similar and one is dissimilar from the other two. Such we have here. Yahshua’s first coming was entirely dissimilar from the other two. Even though He was from above (John 8:23), His first coming was by being born as a mere man. In contrast, His second two comings will attest to His abiding on the mountain, as He returns with those who have been transformed into immortality. Thus we see three comings of Yahshua, just as there are three stated resurrections.
Once Yahweh’s two-part temple is built, He will then begin establishing the outer court, which we are told in Revelation 11:2 belongs to the nations. And as we have seen, there have been 6,000 years that have belonged to the nations. Therefore, we can expect Yahweh to deal with them in like resurrections as with Christians, but for 6,000 years – their own Elijah period. Again, “Behold, God does all these twice, three times with men, to bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be enlightened with the light of life.”
So briefly, Revelation 20:4-6 speak of the resurrection of the Remnant – the first resurrection.
Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. … This is the first resurrection.
Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.
Revelation 20:5 speaks of the subsequent resurrection of Christians – the second resurrection. These two resurrections together make up the two-part temple of the kingdom of heaven.
The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed.
And Revelation 20:11-13 speak of the resurrection of the nations, the remainder of mankind – the third resurrection.
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.
Though their resurrections are separate, the Remnant and Christians are those whose names are written in the book of life. As noted in Job 33:29, it says that men resurrect “twice, three times.” Why this division? Again, the first two resurrections are unique to the Remnant and Christianity, the two-part temple; while the third resurrection is uniquely separate – the nations.
So when is Yahweh’s sabbath rest? If you will read The Issue – II, page 12, you will see that Yahweh’s work is not complete until the ultimate Jubilee is complete – seven periods of 7,000 years, or Jubilee after 49,000 years. This is why you see Yahshua laboring on the sabbath. As He stated, He was doing the work of His Father. “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working" (John 5:17). And His Father will not finish His work until His higher Jubilee when He can declare rest for His entire creation. But remember, He cuts time short by stacking the first day of each week on the preceding seventh, and keeps laboring. By successively doing this with each week, He cuts off seven 1,000 year periods, or a complete day, making it now a chronological six 7,000-year days. Thus, Yahweh labors for six days. And having completed His work, all of creation, in heaven and on earth, enter into His sabbath rest with Him. What then? That is beyond the limitations of the mind!
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