CONT., part 6
THE COVENANT PATTERN
Let us now look at yet another very important trinity pattern. In fact, this is the pattern that was originally going to be the subject of this writing, preparing us for the new and revealing examination in the next section. But it was soon evident that the writing needed to be expanded in order to look at trinities in a broader scope. The trinity we see here follows the pattern whereby the first and the last are alike, and the center is distinctly different. Therefore, in this case we cannot use the “&” to identify the likeness of the two, and will simply give this the identity of 1 – 2 – 1, with the 1s being separate items, but alike.
Like the 1 & 2 – 3 pattern, this 1 – 2 – 1 pattern is repeated throughout the Scriptures. Also, this pattern is so incredibly tied to one particular type of effectual fulfillment or application, that we can actually name it. That application is most clearly set forth in Genesis 15:9-18, where we see the covenant that Yahweh made with Abram. You can read that passage if you need more details, but Abram split four different animals in half, placed the parts opposite each other, and a smoking oven and burning torch passed between them. Thus we see the 1 – 2 – 1 pattern:
Split parts – Oven and torch – Split parts
So, what can we accurately name this pattern? Clearly, it is the Covenant Pattern. And as noted, this pattern is repeated over and over again. Why so? Because Yahweh God is government, and government is effectual, enduring, and essential replicable order. By contrasting these three qualities of government, you can better see their absolute necessity. That contrast would be: failure, a shortfall, and lawlessness, not to speak of haphazard. The former produces life, and the latter produces death. So, let us look at some more of these divine effectual Covenant Patterns.
A most important and even vital fulfillment of this pattern is the church. Zechariah 4 clearly lays out that pattern. That is:
Olive tree – Lampstand – Olive tree
Of course the two olive trees are the former and the latter works in the church: the two-part Bride. As stated in that chapter, they are the “two sons of fresh oil,” established by the former and latter rains of the Holy Spirit. And of course these two works are split by the Body of Christ, which is seen here in the lampstand with the bowl that is over it. So, let us now lay out that Covenant Pattern fulfillment. It is:
Bride – Body of Christ – Bride
Here again, this is a Covenant Pattern whereby God makes a covenant through the church. But in addition, and most importantly, He repeats this pattern using these two parts—the Bride and the Body—to effect an even more significant covenant that is moreso on the order of Genesis 15.
In Zechariah 6, we see the testimony that the Millennial Reign is established between the two 2,000-year periods of Christianity (ref., The Tale Of Two Pillars). How is this moreso a fulfillment of Genesis 15? Because in Zechariah 4, one item passes between the split parts. But in Genesis 15, as well as in the fulfillment we see in Zechariah 6, two things pass between the split parts. In Zechariah 6 the split parts are two bronze mountains, and that which passes between them is the temple. The temple is the Millennial Reign, when the Bride rules and reigns with Immanuel. These two are the fulfillments of the smoking oven, which is the Bride, and the burning torch, which is Immanuel. Granted, in Zechariah 6 all we see attested is the temple. But it speaks of Immanuel building His temple and reigning on this earth with His bride. Thus we see the testimony:
Bronze mountain – Temple – Bronze mountain
And the fulfillment is:
2,000 years of Christianity – Millennial Reign – 2,000 years of Christianity
Also addressed in The Tale Of Two Pillars, that which is testified in the two bronze mountains with the temple between them, is clearly repeated in Solomon’s temple where in order to enter the temple, one had to pass between nothing less than two bronze pillars. So, the two bronze mountains are prophetically the same as the two bronze pillars, and in both testimonies the temple is the Millennial Reign. Thus we add:
Bronze pillar – Temple entrance – Bronze pillar
Let us return to the testimony we see in Zechariah 4 where the Body of Christ passes between the split Bride, and add yet another affirming trinity.
Paul wrote, “the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual” (1 Corinthians 15:46). This is certainly true with the natural types we have thus far seen: the covenant with Abram and Solomon’s temple. But we also see that at the very beginning, at Creation, God laid out another natural Covenant Pattern, and it continues to this day. What did He do? He designed the man and the woman so that when the one-flesh union of the two is effected in consummation, it testifies that it is indeed a covenant, even a blood covenant. Just as we have seen thus far, particularly in Zechariah 4, the male passes between the split parts of the female. And, Yahweh provided in the woman the hymen so as to attest that the union of a man and a woman is a blood covenant—by the shedding of blood when the veil/hymen is rent. (Even if the hymen is already rent, the blood testimony that Yahweh provided still remains.) Thus we see the Covenant Pattern:
Female split part – Male part – Female split part
And let us look at yet another blood covenant, one with which you are most familiar. When you read it, you will know exactly what it is:
Thief – Yahshua – Thief
Yes, it is the crucifixion of Yahshua; and His crucifixion was identical to the Zechariah 4 “Bride – Body of Christ – Bride” covenant, as well as the consummation covenant between a man and a woman. Just as a rent veil and blood mark that consummation covenant, so a rent veil and blood marked the covenant effected by Yahshua on Passover when slain between two covenant parts—the two thieves.
Let us here expound further upon this “Bride – Body of Christ – Bride” covenant, so as to see what the Scriptures tell us about the church—what it truly and more completely is. The first few testimonies are addressed in a writing that is a favorite—The Promise. That writing is actually devoted to this very pattern and would be helpful to read in order to gain further insight. After this first testimony we will be rather brief in our analysis of the other like testimonies; so if you want to know more or understand them better, read The Promise.
We will begin with that which has already been mentioned in section three. In Exodus 33:18-23, we saw that just before the eighth trip up Mount Sinai, Moses was given the promise that he would stand on a rock beside Yahweh, and then be hidden in the cleft of a rock. Next, Yahweh would pass by, remove His hand that had covered him, and Moses would see His back. We also noted that while Moses began the natural fulfillment of this promise, it was in fact Elijah who moreso fulfilled and certainly completed it. What we have not mentioned though is that this too was a natural testimony that would be fulfilled spiritually—first the natural, then the spiritual. Here we see the pattern:
Stand on the rock beside Him – Hide in the cleft of the rock – Bring out of rock and see His back
So what is the spiritual fulfillment? This is once again the church! The first Remnant stood on the rock, Peter, with the Son of God literally standing there with them. Then Yahshua left, the first Remnant work ended, and yes, the Body of Christ was hidden in the cleft of the rock. Let us briefly expound upon this so as to affirm that this is precisely what the Body of Christ is. Here again, as went Christ, so goes the Body of Christ. (To read more about this, read “Hidden In the Cleft.”)
In Jeremiah 13:1-7, Jeremiah was told to take a linen waistband to the Euphrates River and equally hide it in the cleft of a rock. When he went back and dug it up, the “waistband was ruined, it was totally worthless!” So, where else was linen hidden in the cleft of a rock? Yahshua’s body was wrapped in linen and placed in the cleft of a rock, in a tomb carved in a rock. But, did His body remain there and the linen likewise become worthless? Not at all! After three days and three nights, He overcame death and came out of the tomb, out of the rock. But, does the Body of Christ, which is obligated to 3,000 years in that rock, have the like power of an indestructible life? Not at all. And as we have seen, if Yahweh does not cut those days short, no flesh would be saved. Just as Jeremiah attested, their linen kingdom work would be worthless!
Therefore, as we have seen, Yahweh has to cut cleft-of-the-rock Christianity short, and complete what He began 2,000 years ago by establishing the second covenant part Bride work. This is the third part of the trinity that comes out of the sleeping Body of Christ, out of the cleft side of the rock, and sees Yahweh’s back—what He is doing. This is the Elijah work that prepares the way for Immanuel.
Next, in a briefer account—but even so, remarkably revealing and significant—in Genesis 38:27-30 we read about the birth of the twin sons of Judah by Tamar. We have already noted that if you want to know the pattern and outcome of the church, all you have to do is look at the father of the tribe from which Yahshua came—Judah. As went Judah’s offspring, so has gone the church. We have already seen that the three sons from his Canaanite wife clearly evidence the 3,000 years of the church: two were cut off and died, and the third escaped death by not receiving the granddaughter of Melchizedek, Tamar.
So, what was the solution for keeping this linage to Yahshua alive? By deceit (yet fulfilling the Law of kinsman redeemer), Judah laid with Tamar, and twins that were not the corrupt and unacceptable mix were born. If the three mixed sons represent the three parts of failed Christianity, then what did these two equally prophetic sons of Judah represent? The testimony is clear.
At the time of their births, the first son extended his hand out and the midwife tied a scarlet thread on it, identifying him as the firstborn. But, he then drew his hand back into the womb, and the second son was born. However, that son was breach, and was thereby named Perez, or “breach.” Then the son with the scarlet thread was born, and he was named Zerah, meaning “light.” So we see the pattern:
Zerah – Perez – Zerah
And with the meaning of their names, that would speak:
Light – Breach – Light
What was Yahweh foreshadowing, again the natural preceding the spiritual? The answer is obvious. The first Remnant “light” came forth, but did not continue, and the light was withdrawn. Next came the breach, Christianity—the breach cleft-in-the-rock experience and period. Then finally comes the fulfillment of that which began 2,000 years ago and light returns—evidenced even by all that you are reading here. When before has this kingdom truth ever been seen? And confirming this present light, in the Gospel comparisons relative to Bible contradictions, the Gospel of Luke speaks of the second Remnant. “Luke” means “light”—the second Remnant light.
By the fact that only Zerah’s hand came out the first time, and that “light” is identified with the Luke second Remnant, as well as the two anointings of the blind man that brought full sight with the second touch (Mark 8:23-25), and that Yahweh’s back was revealed after the cleft, so we see that the second Remnant are the ones who see all things clearly. This now leads us to yet another attesting trinity:
Leah – Jacob – Rachel
We read in Genesis 29:17 that of Jacob’s two wives, “Leah's eyes were weak.” This was certainly the state of the first Remnant—they had weak eyes. And Rachel was Jacob’s beloved wife, who was “beautiful of form and face.” This is the beloved second Remnant.
And if you go to Song of Songs 8:8-10, you see the like testimony. There we read: “We have a little sister, and she has no breasts; . . . and my breasts were like towers; then I became in his eyes as one who finds peace.” Thus we see the same revealing and affirming testimony regarding the two-part Bride:
Sister with no breasts – Groom – Sister with towering breasts who provides peace
Now for a most intriguing and helpful testimony. In 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7, we read in a literal translation: “And you know what the thing restraining is, so that in his time he [the man of lawlessness] may be revealed. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only the restraining one will do so until it comes out of the midst.” This passage is agreed to be one of the most difficult passages to understand in all the Scriptures. But as we have seen thus far, by examining one of Yahweh’s revealing prophetic trinity testimonies, we can understand what this is telling us. Also, read The Great Tribulation, page 6, which thoroughly addresses this matter.
First, in order to understand what Paul is addressing here, all we have to do is read verse 1 of that chapter: “Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him . . . .” So, we already know this has to do with Immanuel’s coming and the catching up of the Bride. Therefore, is it not clear that that which “comes out of the midst” is the Bride? It is just that simple. And of course the Bride returns with Immanuel. Therefore, verse 8 then confirms this with the statement: “Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming.” Thus, the Bride is the “restraining one” that “comes out of the midst.”
Now for the revealing and confirming prophetic testimony. And remember, the natural precedes the spiritual. After the Medes and Persians captured Babylon, Darius the Mede reigned as king. The next king was Cyrus. Then after Cyrus was Darius the Persian. Thus we have the 1 – 2 – 1 trinity:
Darius – Cyrus – Darius
So you ask: What is so significant and relevant about this? The question at hand has been: What is the “restraining one”? Most importantly, the name “Darius” means “restraining one.” What then does “Cyrus” mean? It means “sun,” or possibly “to humiliate.” Therefore, with the meanings of these names we have the following 1 – 2 – 1 trinity:
Restraining one – Sun or to humiliate – Restraining one
Therefore, we see the same thing we have seen over and over and over again—that the church is a trinity, and in the Scriptures Yahweh God evidences in His revealing and affirming like trinity patterns, truth after truth after truth regarding it. It is His consistent repetitive way. And now, we see that the two Remnant are indeed the restraining ones; and that the mystery of lawlessness, which as stated was already at work when Paul wrote those words almost 2,000 years ago, will be exposed with the coming of Immanuel. Again, to more fully understand this read The Great Tribulation, page 6. It is a most valuable writing.
Finally in this section, here are two additional revealing testimonies of the 1 – 2 – 1 church:
Elijah – Chariot – Elisha
In 2 Kings 2:9-12, we see Elijah and Elisha east of the Jordan walking along and talking, when there appeared “a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.” Most people strangely think that Elijah went up in the chariot. But no, the fiery chariot separated them.
Here again we see the two Remnant separated by Christianity. The Remnant are indeed the Elijah, but it is the second Remnant who complete the work and prepare the way for Immanuel. However, Elisha died, and Elijah ascended alive. So regarding that testimony, in the way we think reading left to right, it would be more fitting to lay this out as:
Elisha– Chariot – Elijah
But on the other hand, the second Remnant receive the double portion of the Spirit, so in that case the first stated order would be more appropriate, for Elisha asked for and received a double portion. Certainly, these two men flip back and forth in their testimonies. But in the end, the two are in fact one. Eli – jah and Eli – sha, when united become Eli – Yahshua.
Briefly, this double portion is seen in Job as well. We read that before his affliction by Satan he had “X” amount of fortune. Then after his affliction he had 2 X amount of fortune (Job 42:10). Like Elisha, he received a double portion. Thus we see here:
X fortune – Afflicted by Satan – 2X fortune
And one of the most important things to note in this highly prophetic trinity account is that just as Christ was afflicted by Satan, so the Body of Christ is afflicted by Satan. We often say, as went Christ, so goes the Body of Christ. Well, it can equally be said, as went Job, so has gone the church—Bride and Body. The first Remnant were afflicted and died, as well as the Body of Christ. And remember, even as Christianity was supposed to have received 3,000 years, so Job had three “friends” who accused and afflicted him. Clearly, these three afflicting friends were a type of 3,000 years of Christianity.
Before closing this section, in light of what was just addressed where the second Remnant type is the fulfillment, let us see how these former and latter Remnant works consistently testify to a like death/life contrast. Of course an important testimony and even fulfillment of this pattern is the death of the first Remnant, and the ascending alive of the second Remnant. This death/life truth is seen over and over again in the Scriptures and in the ways of Yahweh.
• The most important fulfillment of this is Yahshua Himself. When He came as a man 2,000 years ago, He came as the Lamb of God and died. That is the vital former work. And having been faithful in that role, He is qualified to then come as the Lion and rule and reign on this earth as Immanuel, or God with us.
• For the sake of this list, we see that in like testimony Elisha died, and Elijah ascended alive.
• Another highly revealing testimony is of course the two birds used in the cleansing of the healed leper. In Leviticus 14:1-7, we see that the first bird was slain over an earthen vessel over running water, and the second bird was dipped into the blood of the first bird and then released alive over an open field.
• In similar regard, in Leviticus 16:7-10 we read of two goats that were offered on Atonement. One goat was killed, and the other goat, the scapegoat, was taken out into the wilderness and released alive.
• Though both thieves on each side of Yahshua in fact died, it is noteworthy that the latter was promised, “today, you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).
• We have already seen that when the sons of Israel first came up to the Promised Land, it produced death. And the second time they came to it, it produced victory and life.
• One example we can all relate to and experience is this body we live in that is from this earth. For 6,000 years this first body we possess has resulted in death. However, the second body, that which is from above, like the second bird will not, and even will never die.
• Elisha laid on a dead lad, and though the lad became warm, he was still dead. Then Elisha laid on him a second time and the lad sneezed seven times and opened his eyes and was alive (2 Kings 4:32-35).
• Of course we recall the two times Yahshua laid His hands on the eyes of the blind man. The first time he could see men as trees walking about. The second time he could see everything clearly (Mark 8:23-25).
• And here is yet another testimony/fulfillment, which you will have to read more about here and here. In fact, we will lay out the pattern so that you can see the complete work. Again, it follows the pattern of the church. Here it is:
Judas – Satan – Elijah
If you will read the above links, you will see that, of course, Judas dies, and the Elijah does not die and performs the fulfilling third-part work.
• Moses died east of Jordan opposite Jericho (Deuteronomy 34:1, 5), and Elijah ascended alive east of the Jordan opposite Jericho (2 Kings 2).
• And let us note that in fact death prevails before the Millennial Reign, and life prevails during and after it (click here).
• Although Esau moreso represents Christianity, still the passing of the rights of the former to the latter, Jacob, attest to what we are seeing here.
• And another two brothers, here representing the two Remnant, are Joseph and Benjamin—the two sons of Rachel, the beloved. Joseph was a type of the first Remnant who died, not literally but figuratively—in the pit, and believed to be dead by his father. And the major issue with Benjamin was that Jacob did not want to lose him to death as well. Also, like the first Remnant, Joseph made it possible for Benjamin and the others to be delivered from loss and were highly blessed, especially Benjamin.
It is most appropriate to close this section with Joseph and Benjamin, for you will see in this next section that Benjamin affords some amazing truth regarding this highly unique and important Covenant Pattern 1 – 2 – 1 trinity.
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