The Mystery of the Missing Multitude
Revelations are so precious. So many Christians have no idea that we (the Church) are operating in the Kingdom of Heaven. They would think we are out of our mind if we said we were, yet the Bible is very clear that we are. The Lord confirmed this in John 3:13: “And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” I read this scripture for several years before the Lord used one of his precious ministers to enlighten me. I had already seen the light on the Kingdom of Heaven at the time, so this revelation really hit me. I couldn’t believe I had read over this scripture so many times without hearing it.
The Lord was there standing before them on this terra firma and stated that He “was” in heaven.
I am thrilled at the Word. Christ is tearing every prop out from under us, leaving nothing but the Word. We must stand on the Word because it is true. We must proclaim the truth, because the spoken Word, when spoken in faith, is creative.
I think of Anna and Simeon being in the temple all those years fasting and praying for the fulfillment of their revelation. I imagine many of the carnal minded priests made fun of them and their ridiculous idea. I can just hear them say, “Can you believe that anyone would be so stupid as to teach that a virgin would conceive and bear a son? How ridiculous!”
I believe it was necessary for someone to speak Yahweh’s promises into existence. That is, I believe that only living faith coupled with the spoken affirmation of the written promise that a virgin would conceive a son and birth the godhood into a body of flesh, could have brought in the end of the flesh-rule and the beginning of the Kingdom of Yahweh within. There was the Word just laying there for man to look at and read over and over. But one day some person, maybe Simeon, or it might have been Anna, said, “Hey, look at this scripture. Yahweh’s son will be born of a virgin. Hear this; we need the Father to send his life into the world. Let’s start fasting and praying that it will happen soon.” See Revelation 22:20.
Faith was born, or in other words, truth entered into the concept of mankind and became alive. It was no longer a promise written on a piece of paper. If no one had believed the Word, there would have been no reason for Christ to come.
You and I know that there is a living Savior, and we were changed through the acceptance of the promise. But there are people all around us that say, “A Savior? Who needs a Savior? What’s wrong with me just like I am? I don’t hurt anybody; I’m not all that bad. I’m okay!” The Savior could stand within a foot of them and they would not see him as a savior.
Truth must come to birth in the heart of creation before it can be expressed. One person, really believing, can bring it to birth in the Body (the Church) because we are one. If you (as body part) believe a certain truth, I can honestly say that it has been believed by the Church. Once you believe and express a truth to me and I accept it, it comes alive in the earth (in me)—it is already alive in you. It becomes the living, creative Word and has the power to create, or express itself, because it is alive in us.
When mankind accepted the revelation that the living Spirit and word of Yahweh (his essence) could actually inhabit mankind (flesh), it did. If we can truly believe that Yahweh can quicken our mortal bodies, his Spirit can create that and make it a reality because it is written: “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Yasha from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you,” Romans 8:10-11. Can we believe this into a reality?
The saints in the New Testament Church were expecting a rapture (a fast deliverance of some sort) in their lifetime. And Yasha promised that “whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. But I tell you of a truth, there is some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Kingdom of Yahweh,” Luke 9:26-27. For confirmation of this statement see the scriptures at the end of this message.
History tells us that Titus’ attack on Jerusalem was the week of Tabernacles because he knew that all Israel would be gathered there. The army surrounded Jerusalem allowing no one to escape, and then, for no apparent reason they withdrew their guards.
The Christians remembered what Christ had told them to do and there was a mass-migration of the Christians fleeing into the hills of Judea. Some Christians refused to go because of unbelieving family members or loved ones, so they died in Jerusalem. But the multitude that went into the hills evidently disappeared. Historians can find no historical records that explain what happened to them. At this time the Church was reduced to a handful
One person told me they would not believe that the Christians who overcame in those days were transformed or caught up unless there was a record of it in ancient writing. I feel that the ancient writings do exist. I cannot believe that our Lord instructed his faithful followers to escape into the hills of Judea and allowed them to die there of starvation and exposure. The fall and winter weather that was approaching would have been impossible to survive without food and shelter.
The Savior told them to flee, and I trust him enough to believe he had a plan and that he responded to their obedience to his command. If a multitude of Christians had survived in those hills to live out their lives, the miracle would have been so profound that it would have filled history’s pages. If they had died in that predicament, the unbelievers would have certainly recorded such a slaughter.
Josephus left us a record of the believer’s escape from Jerusalem, but historians have failed to tell us the rest of their story—it is an unsolved mystery. Could they have joined the faithful redeemed in Revelation 14:1-4?
John, while on the isle of Patmos, said, “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the Mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
“And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto Yahweh and to the Lamb.”
We know the Kingdom of Yahweh came to earth when the Spirit of the living God penetrated the hearts of the believers on the day of Pentecost, but it was forty more years before the Levitical Priesthood with its carnality lost its power forever and the Melchizedek Priesthood replaced it.
Can we be truthful in saying that the Kingdom came at Pentecost, and that Yahweh gave the believers forty years of grace and trial, just as he did the Israelites when he took into the wilderness and established the covenant of the law? Is there a pattern coming into focus here? After Passover and leaving Egypt, the Israelites came to their Mount Sinai confrontation. After this, they had forty years of testing. Grace was required in the wilderness before judgment fell on the unbelievers and then the believers entered into their promise.
Notice that after the Kingdom (First- fruits or Pentecost), another forty-year period passed before judgment fell on that wicked city and the mosaic system was destroyed. Does this forty-year period denote a symbolic reference pointing to the change that comes when we go from Pentecost to Tabernacles? If so, where does it start and stop?
No one knew exactly when Yasha was to return to redeem his firstfruits and bring judgment on the hypocritical mosaic system.
We know this age is not to end in mass destruction, for Isaiah 11:9 tells us “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of Yahweh, as the waters cover the sea.” The Kingdom of Yahweh is to fill the earth and swallow up all other kingdoms.
“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever (note, this can’t be as generally taught—this statement suggests a limited period of time that the two opposing kingdoms were co-existing). Forasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God has made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure,” Daniel 2:44-45.
“I thought it good to show the signs and wonders that the high God has wrought toward me. How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation,” Daniel 4:2-3,
“I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed,” Daniel 7:13-14.
“But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his (the king’s) dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him,” Daniel 7:26-27.
I am wondering if a period of longevity will bring about the fulfillment of the time of testing, trials, and miracles before we put on immortality. Can you find a scripture to refute this statement? These scriptures below tell when they were to expect the coming of the Kingdom.
“Verily I say unto you, This generation (Yasha’s) shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled,” Luke 21:32.
“Therefore also said the wisdom of Yahweh, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.
“Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things: Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him,” Luke 11:49-54.
“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done,” Mark 13:28-30, see also, Matthew 24:32-34.
“And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation,” Mark 8:12.
“Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate,” Matthew 23:34-38.
Some say the Jews did not accept Christ, and many of them did not, but notice how many did according to this scripture in Acts 21:20: “And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, You see, brother, how many thousands of the Jews there are which believe (in Christ); and they are all zealous of the law.”
When Christ was asked of the Pharisees, when the Kingdom of Yahweh would come, he answered them and said, “The kingdom of Yahweh cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of Yahweh is within you,” Luke 17:20-21.
Paul said in Romans 14:17 that “the kingdom of Yahweh is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
In Mark 1:15, Christ connects the Kingdom of Yahweh and the Gospel, saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of Yahweh is at hand: repent ye, and believe the Gospel.” See, also, Matthew 3:2.