AND THE REMNANT BRIDE
6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.
21 Yahweh God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them (Genesis 3).
We find in Coverings, and in like subject matters, that coverings, as we see here, are more than just mere clothing, but governmental atonements for sin that prevent judgment. In fact the word “atonement” means “covering.” Here in this very significant beginning account regarding man is Yahweh’s testimony of two coverings that are applied to cover man’s nakedness: the inferior fig-leaf covering made by man, and the garments of skin covering provided by Yahweh.
Also as we see in Coverings, in like manner there are in fact two types of coverings: the more perfect and complete original covering that is removed because of sin, followed by the application of the temporary substitutionary covering. The latter remains until redemption comes and the original covering is restored. These are the two coverings we see evidenced here.
The original covering that clothed Adam and Eve was Yahweh’s glory. But when they sinned, they knew they were naked and covered themselves with the works of their own hands – “and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.” Though Adam and Eve could not have their original covering restored at that time, Yahweh provided for them a type of the covering that foreshadowed that glory.
We have seen that hair is glory; and Yahweh fashioned for Adam and Eve “garments of skin.” This is the identical Hebrew word used in Genesis 27:16 where Rebekah placed “the skins of the young goats” on Jacob’s hands and on the smooth part of his neck so that he would feel hairy like his brother, Esau. By doing this, Jacob received Isaac’s blessing. Therefore, the hairy skins of the animals Yahweh used to make garments for Adam and Eve, represented the glory that would be restored to man so as to receive His blessings. In this regard then, the garments of skin looked to the restoration of Yahweh’s glory and the legal responsibility He takes for man.
Thus we see that the fig-leaf garments were the substitutionary coverings over Adam and Eve’s nakedness, and the garments of skin represented the restoration of the original covering. So you ask: What does this have to do with this matter of tithing? Everything!
What was the original covering Yahshua placed upon the church, upon the first Remnant, to cover their nakedness? In relation to this world, it was His covering of selling all and holding all things in common. In Luke 14:33, Yahshua clearly stated – “So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.” As thoroughly addressed in the writings under “The Covering For the Bride of Yahshua,” the original glorious covering over the church was their financial separation from this world and holding all things in common. Even as Yahweh personally made garments of skin to cover Adam and Eve, so Yahshua personally clothed the first Remnant with the covering of giving up everything and following Him.
But when that covering was removed immediately after Stephen was stoned and they were all disbursed, what then was provided as a substitutionary covering to replace it? The covering of the tithe.
Like the fig leaves, the tithe is both inadequate and temporary. And likewise, it is also man’s work. But as with other substitutionary coverings, it is equally critical! Though inadequate, it at least covers our nakedness and averts Yahweh’s judgment, affording this grace until He restores the true covering.
In 1994, the Holy Spirit came upon me and revealed the Nazirite vow and the two-part Remnant. Having nearly completed writing Coverings at that time, I was fully aware that there had to be a covering over the second Remnant in order for the Bride to pray and prophecy. As Yahshua’s Bride, we had to be covered. It was at that time Yahweh showed me that the covering over the second Remnant was the same covering that was over the first Remnant – holding all things in common.
This is the covering for which we await. It is a covering that Yahshua makes, and we await the timing for its placement. But until then, of necessity we must come under the substitutionary covering of the tithe.
The tithe was something we briefly focused on in latter 2001 and into 2002, but subsequently were remiss about it. If we look at this legally, clearly we are being remiss when we fail to apply an available covering. Without question, we need to hold all things in common; but until then, we must come under the available substitutionary covering of the tithe. We need for Yahweh to open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing we cannot contain; therefore, we also need to be wise and see that this promise is tied to being faithful to tithing. Though tithing may be just natural and the work of our hands; even so, it is obviously a very important, critical legal covering. As we are told, the natural indeed precedes the spiritual (1 Corinthians 15:46). From Malachi 3 we read:
8 "Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, 'How have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings.
9 "You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you!
10 "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says Yahweh of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.
11 "Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes," says Yahweh of hosts.
12 "All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land," says Yahweh of hosts.
From 1971 to 1994, Yahweh kept me very faithful to give His tithe, both personally and in the ministry to the poor that I began. And indeed in 1994 He opened the widows of heaven, and both then and ever since has poured out a blessing of truth and direction I cannot contain. Just the vastness and depth of the writings here evidence this.
The Bride needs to practice this same faithfulness so that we can corporately receive those “windows of heaven” blessings. Therefore, it is incumbent that this truth regarding the covering tithe be placed before the Bride front-and-center, and that you be faithful to Yahweh’s word and clear governmental principle and apply it. Only then will He restore the promised true covering of holding all things in common.
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