Paul travailed in his spirit for Christ, the Anointing, to be formed in the believers in his day. He wanted them to be delivered from the bondages of sin. Longing for them to come into the new day, he explained, “It is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are allegories: for these are the two covenants; the one from the Mount Sinai, which genders (procreate) to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all” (Gal. 4:22-26).
Paul knew the days of animal sacrifices for their sins were over. They were in those last days. They were in the seventy years that were given to persuade the people to accept the Lamb of Yahweh and to discontinue the practice of sacrificing animals forever.
Paul encouraged the people, saying, “But you have come unto Mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God [Yahweh] the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to the SAVIOR the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of the blood of Abel” (Heb. 12:22-24).
“In the first year of his [Darius] reign I Daniel understood “by books” the number of the years, whereof the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he [Yahweh] would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem” (Dan. 9:2).
Daniel learned that it would take 70 years for Yahweh to persuade Jerusalem to let go of the old covenant and come into the new covenant. The law that was written on stone was taking its place in the hearts and minds of mankind. Those of the Old Testament who dwelled in bondage to sin were getting ready to be set free by the promised Savior. The Kingdom of the first Adam was being taken over by the second Adam. Jerusalem was never going to be the same; the old way was ending and Jerusalem was being birthed anew from above. The misrepresentation of the Creator was giving way for the manifestation of Yahweh’s word in the Son of Man and his Body. It was surely the “last days” before the time of judgment and the destruction of Jerusalem.
In the new order, the Holy Spirit was going to bring mankind into the image of the Father. But what could possibly cause the people to want to change into his image? In Jeremiah 2:19, Yahweh said,”Your own wickedness shall correct you, and your backslidings shall reprove you: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that you have forsaken Yahweh your God, and that my fear [awe] is not in you, saith the Lord Yahweh of hosts.”
In Isaiah 44:1-4, we find the promise given to Israel’s seed and the blessing given to his offspring, saying, “Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen: Thus saith Yahweh that made you, and formed you from the womb, which will help you; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and you, Jesurun [those who are upright], whom I have chosen. For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon your seed, and my blessing upon your offspring: And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses.”
Israel was chosen because Abraham was obedient and an upright person in the earth. Because he was upright, he would teach his children to be so and they would teach theirs to be. This is why the Savior could come in the bloodline of Israel—they were believers of the true God, Yahweh.
About eighty-eight years after he spoke to Isaiah, Yahweh speaks again in Joel 2:28-32, saying, “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of Yahweh come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Yahweh shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as Yahweh has said, and in the remnant whom Yahweh shall call.”
Seven hundred and sixty-seven years after Yahweh spoke to Joel his promise came to pass:“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:1-8).
“But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath [see Acts 27:51-54]; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness [see Mark 15:33], and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:16-21, John 5:29-29.)
Let’s explore the scriptures to see from the eyes of the people that were in those last days to see what they were told concerning the last days and what they could expect.
In John 12:28-33, Christ prayed, “Father, glorify thy name” and Yahweh said, “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The people that stood by and heard it said that it thundered: others said, an angel spoke to him.” But Christ said, “This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” This he said, signifying his death. Here we find that at the death and resurrection of Christ there was a switching of the guards. The kingdom of Adam was replaced with the Kingdom of Righteousness. They were coming into the new day!
Peter and the other believers, in Second Peter 3:13-14, expected to achieve righteousness after the last days—that is, after the death of the Lamb and the resurrection of the Savior. Peter said, “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.”
Christ ministered to the people, saying, “He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). The death of our Lord was not just the “last day” but it brought in the first of the “new day” – a day when repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Christ specified that those he was talking to would be witnesses of these things. And he promised, saying, “I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry in the city of Jerusalem, until you are endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:46-49). Without the power from on high they would not be able to preach the Word in his name.
Christ knew that his followers could not function in the Kingdom of Yahweh while under the old covenant. He gave them a Guide, Comforter, and Teacher to bring them out of the old and into the new. He said, “I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not [speaking of himself, as the Word manifest in flesh], neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more; but you see me: because I live, you shall live also. At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you” (John 14:16-20).
Yahweh went to greater lengths to describe what was going to happen. He said, “In the last days I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” Acts 2:17.
In Acts, we see the last days phasing out and the new day rising. But all these dreams, visions, and prophesies would bring Second Timothy 3:1 into reality, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” We can go back and read the history and learn of the perilous times that the people went through.
Our Savior revealed the Father’s will when he said, “Of all which he has given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which sees the Son [Rev. 1:7], and believes on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up [stand up] at the last day” (John 6:39-40).
Yahweh’s kingdom of righteousness is set in order. The Guide, Comforter, and Teacher is drawing all unto Christ (John 12:32).
Our Savior was straight forward with the people of Jerusalem, saying, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you killed the prophets, and stoned them which are sent unto you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house (family) is left unto you desolate (wasted). For I say unto you, “You shall not see me from this time forth, till you shall say, Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord” (Matthew 23:37-39). These people were going to see, they were going to know who the Son of Man was.
In Revelation 3:12, the angel reveals to John, saying, “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.”
John said, “I John, saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from Yahweh out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:2).
Praise the Lord; we are in that day! But we also must come into a new day. We have dwelt long enough in this day of gifts and the anointing without repentance, for the gifts and calling of Yahweh are without repentance” (Rom. 11:29).
“Therefore, leaving (to keep and send forth) the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward Yahweh, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment” (Heb. 6:1-2).
In the above scriptures, Paul is not saying to omit the principles of the doctrine of Christ, but he is encouraging his followers to put them into action. We must not only repent, be baptized, be anointed with gifts of the Holy Spirit, and be judged by the Spirit of Righteousness, but we must also go on into full maturity.