1. The Ancient Hebrew Wedding Ceremony By Yedidah
2.Seven-Appointments ( YAHUWEH’S SEVEN APPOINTMENTS WITH MAN ) By Yedidah
3.Two Witnesses and Bride of Messiah By Yedidah
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YAHUWEH’S SEVEN APPOINTMENTS WITH MAN THE OUTLINE OF THE PLAN OF SALVATION AND REDEMPTION
Leviticus 23: 2, 4, 37, 44 “Feasts” in Hebrew is “mo-aw-daw”, which means “to fix by agreement or appointment, to meet, to gather together at a set time, assemble at a set time—an appointment or a fixed time or season, a place of meeting, a signal as appointed before time, an appointed sign”. (#4150 James Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible/Hebrew Dictionary) This is the same word for “season” in Genesis 1:14, describing the purpose of the sun and moon, to create seasons for harvest. Elohim’s planetary order of the sun, moon, stars and planets are perfect, to the second at all times in their orbits, or we could not exist on this planet. Elohim uses the same words to describe His set-apart appointments with man with to-the-second timing. These seven Festivals are the outline of His plan of salvation and redemption of His people–Israel. Leviticus 23 gives the overview of all these appointments.
I Thessalonians 5:1 “But of the times and seasons brethren, I have no need to write to you”. The believers in Thessalonica understood that Paul was referring to the appointments of Yahuwah of the plan of salvation. The new believers went to the synagogue to learn the Torah of Yahuwah, and to participate in His set-apart signs and festivals. The word for “times/seasons” in the Greek is “kairos”, #2540 in the Strong’s Greek dictionary means: “a specific, appointed time for an occasion, a fixed time”. As Father keeps the planets, sun, moon and stars moving in perfect order to the fraction of a second, so He fulfills His set appointments with man, literally. The seven Festivals/Feasts outlined in Leviticus 23, were given to the covenant-keeping children of Israel by Yahuwah, so that they could rehearse every year, the whole plan of His salvation from beginning to end.
The word “convocation” (KJV) in Leviticus 23:2-4 is #4744, “mik-raw”, in the Strong’s Hebrew dictionary. It means: “something called out, a public meeting, a rehearsal, assembly”. These meetings, or rehearsals, were to be celebrated forever. In eternity future, these seven appointments will be celebrated with Yahushua and Yahuwah on earth with His people.
For approximately 4,000 years, the Father Yahuwah has had His people rehearsing all of His plans for their redemption and eternal blessing. The word “holy” means to be “set-apart”. These seven Festivals are to set apart His people unto Himself. Within these Festivals are “high Sabbaths”, which are also to set His people apart unto Himself, as are the weekly Sabbaths from Friday night at sundown to Saturday night at sundown. These are set-apart signs of who belongs to Yahuwah, Elohim of Israel, and His Salvation, Yahushua, and who does not belong to Him. He has set-apart dietary laws also, so that our bodies function as the Creator designed them. The Instructions of Yahuwah are only for our absolute and maximum good–in mind, emotions, spirit and body. He is a such a good Father!
Four of these appointments have been fulfilled, and three remain to be
fulfilled. We look back on the four and rejoice. We look forward to the last three with great expectation, for they picture the coming of Messiah Yahushua and His Kingdom on earth.
When we come to Yahushua for salvation, we enter into a Covenant relationship with Yahuwah through His blood and His resurrection. We give to Him all that we have and are after repentance for our sin, and He gives to us Himself and all that He is and has. Repentance cuts the ties with anything that is not of His liking. In this Covenant relationship we have responsibilities to fulfill our part of the Covenant, which is obedience to His set-apart teachings and instructions, called the Torah (Instructions and Teachings). The Torah is contained within the first five books of the Scriptures, which is the foundation on which the Prophets, the Writings and the Messianic Scriptures are built. Without an understanding of His foundation, we cannot properly understand the full ramifications of our salvation, our purpose for life here, or our eternal destiny. We cannot understand what is required of us to please the King of the Kingdom, and what is right ruling for our good standing in His Kingdom. Without Hebraic understanding of His Covenant with His people, and His eternal plan for His people, we cannot understand our destiny. By observing His Festivals His way, we understand the full plan of salvation.
In Psalm 23, we read: “He guides me in the tracks of righteousness, for the sake of His name”. (Hebrew Scriptures translation) The “tracks of righteousness” is the yearly path of the Festivals, and the weekly path of the Shabbat/Sabbath.
In Exodus 31:16 and Leviticus 23, the Feasts are called “perpetual statutes”. As we see in Isaiah 66:22-23, even when the Father comes here, and creates a new heaven and new earth, the Shabbat, and the festivals of Yahuwah will be practiced.
THE SEVEN APPOINTMENTS OF YAHUWEH
THE SPRING FESTIVALS
First I will give the Hebrew origin of the celebration, and then give the fulfillment of it through Yahushua and the Ruach Yahuwah.
PASSOVER/PESACH: Exodus 12 Yahuwah’s New Year
Yahuwah changed the day of the New Year (Exodus 12:2). The days had been counted from creation, beginning with first day of the month of Tishre (Rome’s September/October). But, He changed the New Year’s Day to the first day of the month of Abib or Nisan (Rome’s March/April). He did this to begin the cycle of the seven festivals in the first month of their salvation from Egypt. So Abib 1 is New Year’s on His redemption calendar.
This Feast began the plan of His salvation for the deliverance of His people. The procedures required for this Feast were for the purpose of delivering them from the 10th plague on Egypt—the death of the firstborn. On this night at, by following Yahuwah’s instructions, they were delivered from the death angel that passed over Egypt at midnight, killing the first born of man and animals. By carefully following His instructions, we avoid the troubles that come on most people–in this life and for eternity.
On the 10th day of Abib (March/April), the lamb was to be brought for inspection into their homes for 4 days, to make sure it was without spot or blemish. The Lamb was killed “between the evenings”, which is between 3:00PM and sundown on the 14th of Abib. It was eaten after sunset, which began the 15th of Abib, and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The lamb was roasted with a stake running up through its body. The intestines were taken out and wrapped around the lamb’s head. It was called “the crowned sacrifice”. The roasted lamb was then to be eaten quickly. They had no time for their bread to rise, so they made unleavened bread. The blood of the lamb was applied to the top of the door and the sides of their house. They were to have their sandals on their feet, and their bread in their bowls and be ready to leave as soon as the death angel passed over Egypt at midnight on the 15th. When the death angel saw the blood on the doors of the Hebrew’s houses, he would not kill any first born in their houses, or of their animals. The death angel “passed over” the houses of the Hebrews, thus giving the name of the feast—Passover, or in Hebrew “Pesach”.
THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD: Exodus 12:17-18
The Hebrews hastily left in the middle of night of the 15th of Abib, after the death of the firstborn of the Egyptians at midnight, at the command of Pharaoh, with all their livestock and possessions from Rameses. They traveled by the light of the full moon toward Succoth to pick up the bones of Joseph. At the time of their leaving Egypt in haste, they had unleavened bread to eat. By the time that Pharaoh’s grief turned to rage, he was assembling his army to go after the Hebrews. The Scriptures say there were 600,000 men plus women and children—so it supposed there were over 2 million Hebrews in all with their livestock and possessions.
THE FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS: Exodus 14
The Hebrew people were trapped in a canyon that exited at the Red Sea, and Pharaoh was pursuing. He knew that he had given them three days to go into the wilderness to worship their Elohim. Because of his pursuit, however, they could not return in the three days, thus they had to keep running to escape Pharaoh’s wrath.
On the 17th of Abib, they reached the Sea while it was night. The Red Sea was
before them, and Pharaoh and all of his army was behind them. It was here that the greatest miracle on earth occurred so that they could be delivered, and Pharaoh and his army killed, thus releasing the Hebrews from their ownership by Pharaoh. As the sea parted for the Hebrews to walk across on
dry land, the sea came back together to drown Pharaoh and his army, loosing his ownership over all the Hebrews forever.
THE FEAST OF SHA’VU’OT/THE FEAST OF WEEKS/THE FEAST OF PENTECOST: Exodus 19 and 20
The Hebrews received the Torah (the Teachings and Instructions of Yahuweh), which were the terms of the marriage covenant between Elohim and His people, at the “mountain of Elohim”–Sinai/Horeb. Mt. Sinai is in modern Saudi Arabia, in the Midian mountains, as the Bible tells us. It took them 50 days to reach the “mountain of Elohim” from the day they crossed the Red Sea. “Pentecost” is Greek for “fifty”. The terms of the marriage covenant are covered in the 10 Commandments. It outlines the character of the one He wants to be His Bride. The 10 Commandments were written with the “finger of Yahuwah”. Yahushua tells us that the “finger of Yahuwah” is the Ruach Yahuwah.
THE FALL FESTIVALS
The Festivals of Yahuwah are all based on harvest cycles. The first three Spring Festivals are based on the barley harvest. Pentecost is based on the wheat harvest. The Autumn Festivals are based on the fruit harvest. The five species of fruit are: pomegranates, figs, dates, olives, and grapes. Thus the Festivals revolve around what Israel calls: “the seven species”.
This is why instructions were given in the wilderness for these festivals, but the Hebrews could not celebrate these Festivals until they entered the land and began the harvest cycles.
THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS/YOM TERUAH:
This Festival commemorated the blowing of the silver trumpets and the shofar to gather the people together for set-apart convocations in the wilderness. It was originally the New Year celebrated from the day of creation, on Tishre 1 (September/October). The people gathered together to honor the first sliver of the new moon, which marked the day of creation, on Tishre 1, with the blowing of trumpets and shofars.
THE DAY OF ATONEMENT/YOM KIPPUR: Leviticus 25
This was and still is, the most somber day of the year for the nation of Israel. It is a feast only for those whose sin is forgiven by the blood of Messiah. It is a day of fasting and mourning for those whose sin needs to be forgiven, or whose eternal hope rests on their good works, or church baptism, or those Jews who have no blood sacrifice now because they have rejected the blood of Yahushua.
It was the day that the High Priest went into the most set-apart place, where the Ark of the Covenant was, and where the presence of Yahuwah dwelt, to present the blood of a goat, for the covering of the sin of the nation for that year. (Leviticus 16) It was the day of national salvation. It was also considered the day of the “closing of the gate”—when the wicked who chose to be outside of His Covenant were sealed to damnation. This day also marked the years until Jubilee, which was declared every fiftieth year with the sound of a “great shofar” (Leviticus 25). Only on the eve of Yom Kippur, in Jerusalem, are the religious Jews allowed, by their Rabbis, to pronounce the Name of Yahuwah.
THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES/THE FEAST OF BOOTHS/SUKKOT:
This Festival, lasting 8 days, was for the Hebrews to celebrate their wanderings for 40 years, so that they would not forget how Yahuwah led them, fed them, gave them water, healed them, disciplined them, and brought them into the “promised land” victorious over all their enemies. It was a week to dwell in booths, or tents (tabernacles), to remember the desert journey. Thus in Israel each Sukkot, the Jews put up succahs–little booths–and eat in them and sleep in them, and have parties in them for the whole 8 days of the Festival. It is a very joyful week. On the last day of the Festival they dance with the Torah throughout the streets, in celebration of the Word of Yahuwah.
THE SEVEN APPOINTMENTS AND THEIR FULFILLMENT IN MESSIAH
THE FEAST OF PASSOVER/PESACH
Yahushua entered Jerusalem on the 10th of Abib, as the Lamb, for inspection by the leaders of the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the people in general. It is generally called “Palm Sunday”, because of the praise and worship that Messiah received, the waving of palm branches and other signs of devotion, as He entered Jerusalem on that Sunday. (John 12:12-16; Matthew 21:1-9)
They asked Him all sorts of questions, but could find nothing wrong in Him. They inspected Him for the full four days, and the leaders, puppets of Rome, realizing that He was challenging their positions perhaps as King of the Jews, decided that He must be killed, though they could find nothing to accuse Him of rightfully. (Luke 13:34-35; Luke 19:28-44; John 11:47-53)
They did not know that He had come to lay down His life, to redeem the House of Israel back to Yahuwah, renewing the Covenant also with the House of Judah. He said in Matthew 15:24, “I have not come except for the lost sheep of the House of Israel”. The northern 10 tribes, after Solomon’s death, separated into Samaria. They became so idolatrous, that Yahuwah had to “write them a bill of divorce”. (Jeremiah 3:8) Judah was sinful, but not like the northern 10 tribes (called the House of Israel, or the House of Ephraim, or the House of Joseph). Though the tribe of Ephraim held the birthright of all the 12 tribes, his descendants, like Esau despised his birthright and went whoring after the gods of the nations. Therefore, by 786BCE they were all scattered into the gentile nations, and lost their identity, being absorbed by the gentiles. (Hosea chapters 1-3 give us a clue as to who these people are today). Today, from history, archeology, legend, and Biblical tracing, we know that most of them ended up places north of Iraq/Iran, and in Western Europe and America. Because–in Matthew 10:5-6–Yahushua told the disciples not to go to the gentiles, but to go to the “lost sheep of the House of Israel”, when they did leave Jerusalem, they went north and west with the reconciling message of Messiah and return to Torah and their Elohim, Yahuwah.
Yahushua actually came, by Torah instructions, to die, in order to break the then existing marriage contract with the House of Israel, so that He could rise again, and remarry her under the renewed covenant in His own blood. Excepts from Jeremiah 31:31-34: “`Behold, the days are coming’, says Yahuwah, `when I shall make a renewed covenant with the house of Israel, and with the House of Judah,…I will put My Torah in their hearts. And I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people…for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them’, declares Yahuwah. `For I shall forgive their crookedness, and remember their sin no more’”. This was the “renewed covenant in His blood” (Matthew 26:28).
In this renewed covenant, He could include also the House of Judah, the southern Kingdom with its 3 tribes, and also the gentiles outside of the covenant with Israel—those pagans and heathen, out in the world. (See Ephesians 2:8-19)
His death, therefore, was mainly to restore and redeem the House of Israel, the northern 10 tribes of Jacob, back into the fold, so that they would keep, from their heart, the Torah of Yahuweh. As we will see later, that is what Pentecost is all about.
Yahushua died near sunset on the 14th of Abib. He was the High Priest, who sacrificed Himself. This signified that the debt that we owed to Yahuweh, which was eternal death, had been “paid in full”, and now we were made just in the sight of Yahuweh. (John 19:30; Colossians 2:13-15) Deuteronomy 21:22-23/Galatians 3:13: “Cursed be anyone who hangs on a tree”. He hung on a stake, a pole–a tree. He fulfilled, to the second, the instructions for the Passover Lamb of Exodus 12.
I Corinthians 5:7-8: “…Messiah, our Passover, has been sacrificed for us. Let us therefore, celebrate the Feast…”
The Festival of Passover, of Unleavened Bread, and of First Fruits covers one week, and is generally called the Feast of Unleavened Bread or “Passover Week”. The unleavened bread, or matzo, is a picture of sin. No leavened bread, or any product with leaven in it, is eaten from sunset beginning the 15th of Abib until the completion of the seven-day Feast—matzo is what is usually eaten in place of bread. Before the night of the Passover meal (the “Seder Supper”), the night that begins the 15th of Abib, we must get all leaven out of our houses, as Yahuwah commands. This is symbolic, as I Corinthians 5:7-8 tells us of getting out the sin from our lives.
Messiah celebrated a special Passover meal with His disciples, on the beginning of Abib 14. Notice, this “Last Supper” did not include the Passover Lamb or the bitter herbs. I Corinthians 11:23-25 tells us that on the night He was betrayed, He took the bread and the wine.
It was in this meal that he explained His coming sacrifice. In this meal He revealed Himself as the Messiah, taking the third cup of wine—the cup of redemption—and proclaiming that it was the renewed covenant in His blood. He gave them the picture of His death, and then proceeded at midnight to go out to the Garden of Gethsemane where He was betrayed. (See I Corinthians 11:23)
He died not long after 3:00PM (Matthew 27:45-50) the 14th of Abib, at the time that the priests were also killing the Passover Lambs for each household in the Temple. “Behold the Lamb of Elohim that takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
He had to be in the earth, as Jonah was in the belly of the whale, for 72 hours, to fulfill Yahushua’s words in Matthew 12:40, before sundown. Sundown would begin the 15th of Abib. He had to go into the ground before the beginning of the mid-week Shabbat, the High Shabbat, for the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Therefore, since the High Shabbat, and beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread began at sundown, He was taken from the stake and placed in the tomb of Joseph of Aramathea, before sundown. That is why the quick attempt of Joseph to claim the body of Messiah before Pilate.
THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD
Messiah was buried before sunset, which began the 15th of Abib, and the week-long Feast, before the High Shabbat of Unleavened Bread. (Mark 15:42; Luke 23:50-56) That night the Passover meal was eaten with roasted lamb and bitter herbs and unleavened bread.
Regarding Unleavened Bread: Yahushua was the “corn of wheat” that was put into the ground in death, which brought forth “much fruit”. (John 12:24) In Revelation, we read that He entered into Hades in the heart of the earth, and took “the keys of death and hell” away from Satan. (Revelation 1:18) He then stepped over into Paradise, also at that time in the heart of the earth, and proclaimed His coming to all those set-apart ones from Adam until that present time. (Acts 2:26-31 and Luke 16:20-31) At His resurrection, He opened heaven’s gates to them, and to all of us. (Matthew 28:50-52; Ephesians 4:8-10) He told the thief on the stake, “Today you will be with me in paradise”, not heaven. He did not open heaven until He was raised from the dead and took “captivity captive” with Him. (Luke 23:43)
THE FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS
He arose from the dead after 72 hours, “early on the first day of the week”—or after sundown on Shabbat night, towards the dawn of the morning, of Abib 17. As He came up out of the grave, He loosed us from Satan’s power over us, opening heaven’s gates for us. He is our “first fruits”. He is the “first fruits of those who slept”. (I Corinthians 15:20-23)
As the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, going into its depths on dry ground, and coming up out of its depths to new life in a new land, so Yahushua in going into the heart of the earth, and coming up out of the heart of the earth, in our place, caused Satan and all of his hosts of demons to be loosed from us, their power over us destroyed. Pharaoh owned all of the Hebrew people—they were his possessions. Satan owned us totally. Pharaoh and all his army was drowned, thus the Hebrew people were no longer slaves, owned by Pharaoh. When Yahushua came up out of the heart of the earth, all ownership by Satan over us was cancelled! HalleluYAH!
Remember that Yahushua fulfilled all of these feasts to the second in His timing, related to the actual event.
THE FEAST OF PENTECOST – SHA’VU’OT
Exactly 50 days after Yahushua rose from the dead, counting from the Feast of First Fruits, the Ruach Yahuweh descended on the waiting Apostles and
disciples in the Temple in Jerusalem, just as it took exactly 50 days after the crossing of the Red Sea to reach Mt. Sinai. The people in Jerusalem saw the tongues of fire, and heard the wind, and the people speaking in the languages of the earth.
Rabbi Joseph Hertz in his Post Byized Daily Prayer Book, page 791, states: “The revelation at Sinai, it was taught, was given in desert territory, which belonged to no one nation exclusively; and it was heard not by Israel alone, but by the inhabitants of all the earth. The Divine Voice divided itself into the seventy tongues then spoken on earth, so that all the children of men might understand its world embracing and man redeeming message.” The Torah tells us that there is one Torah for all mankind. It is the will of Yahuwah for all people!
The Word tells that Mt. Sinai shook, and that there was a loud blast from a shofar in the sky, and it was smoking from the fire that came with His presence. There was a mighty wind, and the people were terrified (Exodus 19). On Pentecost, He came with fire, and wind, and languages. He came to empower the believers in Messiah with Himself, to baptize them into Messiah, to bring them to the Father, to teach them the Word as Yahuwah would have it taught, to unify the believers into one people in Messiah, to impart supernatural gifts to His people for the edification of the congregation of His people, and to write the Torah, which Yahushua had expanded, into our heart, so that we would keep His Kingdom Instructions with joy, peace, love and righteousness.
ALMOST 2000 YEARS OF “SUMMER” — Jeremiah 8:20; John 4:35
The time between the festivals is the time when the grain harvests are finished, and it is too hot to plant and reap, for the summer has come.
We have been in summer time, spiritually, since the resurrection of Messiah. He told us: “Don’t say there are four months and then comes the harvest, but lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, for they are white already to harvest”.
Between the month of Sivan (May/June), when Pentecost occurs, until the month of Tishre and the fruit harvest, are 4 months.
He told us go forth and bear fruit from ourselves as well as to harvest the “fruit of the earth”, which are the souls of fallen man. (John 15:1-7)
James 5:7-8: “Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, and has long patience for it, until he receives the early and latter rain. Be also patient, establish your hearts, for the coming of Messiah draws near”. The early rains come in the Autumn at the fruit harvest, and the latter rains come in the Spring before the Barley harvest. James 5:7-8 is talking about the Father, who waits for the “fruit harvest” at the Feast of Trumpets, Yom Teruah. This is a harvest of the souls of mankind into His Kingdom, following the outpouring of the Ruach–then the Messiah will return. It is the time for the proclamation of the “Gospel of the Kingdom”, the message of repentance and return, to restore Israel back to Yahuweh and the Torah. That is what the
first Apostles and disciples did—they went into the areas where the “lost sheep of Israel” went, and proclaimed the Messiah’s death and resurrection, and the Kingdom to come, restoring the Torah as the foundation of faith and practice to His people. (Ezekiel 18:30-32; 33:11-19)
About the mid-1st century, Greek believers in Messiah’s death and resurrection, rejected the Father Yahuweh and His Kingdom’s Torah, thus breaking away from the teachings of Messiah Yahushua and His Apostles, to form their own sect, which they called “Christian”. “Christian” was not a new term, for the worshippers of the sun god Serapis, in Egypt, had also been calling themselves “Christians”, and their religious leaders were called “the Bishops of Christ”. Under Rome, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire in 325CE. So, in the last 1,700 years, the Greco/Roman religion of Christianity has become a gigantic institution of approximately 1.8 billion people, because people, like the early Greeks, enjoy the idea of eternal life, but refuse the responsibility to Yahuweh, His Torah, and His Kingdom. Now, at the end of the time of spiritual summer, Yahushua, the Messiah of Israel, is restoring to us the simple faith that He left to us. The faith that was taught by His early Apostles and disciples, who were believers in Messiah and also Torah observant. He said that “few” would find the truth and walk in it. Now we are preparing or the fulfillments of the Fall Feasts—His coming, His restorations, and His dwelling on earth with His people.
THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS – YOM TERUAH
This Feast pictures the meeting with Messiah in the air, as He comes with the
wrath of the Father upon the wicked, and comes to resurrect all those who
have died in Him, and all who are still alive on the earth at His coming. This is what He calls the “harvesting of the earth”. (Matthew 13)
He has a definite path of return. He comes from the East to Mt. Sinai first, then comes directly north over ancient Edom, from the port of Aqaba, up the King’s Highway, to Mt. Paran, over the ancient town of Teman, over Mt. Seir, in which is Petra, Jordan, and then on to the Mt. of Olives–Matthew 24:27-31; Isaiah 63:1-6; Habakkuk 3, Deuteronomy 33:2-3 and about 220 other passages all through the Word.
The Feast of Trumpets falls on Tishre 1 each year. It is over 3 days, by the Roman calendar, over 2 days by the Hebrew calendar. Therefore, “no man knows the day or the hour” in which the third trumpet (a shofar/ram’s horn) will be blown. Three trumpets are blown, and everyone waits for the “last trump” to be blown, which signals the opening of the gates of heaven, and the descent of Messiah to gather those in who are righteous. This is Messianic hope among the Jews, and the believers in Messiah.
Messiah cannot come at any time—this is man’s thinking. He can only come to fulfill this Festival on the 1st or 2nd of Tishre. Of course, there are always 2 days upon the earth at one time. Messiah gives us a sign when this day is approaching, by telling us that 3 ½ years before, a man, a world ruler, will set
up his reign on the Temple Mount. Then the Word tells us that 3 ½ years, on the Lunar Calendar of 360 days a year, He will come. He does not want the children of light to be in the dark. He does not come as a “thief in the night” to those watching, praying, and hearing the Ruach Yahuweh. That is clear from I Thessalonians 5:1-10. Therefore, the children of light know the seasons by the Festivals.
Here are some of the 220 Scripture passages regarding His second coming: I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:51-58; Revelation 11:15-17; Philippians
3:20-21; Revelation 19:11-16; Zechariah 14:1-5; and Jude 14-15. He comes at the “last trump”—the 7th trumpet of the tribulation. This is clear from both I Corinthians 15:52 and Revelation 11:15-19. It is quite plain from the Scriptures that Yahushua comes with the wrath of the Father, which is so severe that no one can withstand it without His protection. So, the Feast of Trumpets is the celebration of our gathering together unto Him, but also of judgment on the wicked. It is a day of separation and justice.
THE DAY OF ATONEMENT – YOM KIPPUR
Ten days after the Feast of Trumpets, Yom Teruah, begins the Feast of national Atonement. This pictures the first action of Messiah after His marriage and the wedding Feast.
There are seven days between Yom Teruah, the “last trump”, and the beginning of the Day of Atonement. During these 7 days, Messiah will marry His Bride, and they will be in the wedding chamber. At the end of the 7 days, the couple will come out of the marriage chamber, and there will be a Feast with the wedding guests and attendants.
(So beautifully has Messiah and will Messiah fulfill all the requirements of the ancient wedding Feast. Please ask for my article, The Ancient Jewish Wedding Ceremony, which includes the terms of the wedding covenant, sealed in His own blood, in terms that make it understandable in modern terminology–It clears up a lot of questions).
After the wedding Feast, Messiah and His wife will go to Jerusalem, and He will call all nations to the Valley of Jehoshaphat for judgment as to how they treated the people of Israel. The Valley of Jehoshaphat is directly in front of the Eastern Gate—in the north Kidron Valley. Here is where the goods Kings of Judah, cleansed the Temple, after evil Kings had defiled it, by burning idols and evil priests. Here, Messiah will sit and divide out who will be judged and who will not. (Joel 2 and 3 and Matthew 25:31-46)
The other aspect of the Day of Atonement fulfilled by Messiah, is that on this day, “all Israel will be saved”—national redemption. It is the day that He announces to all those faithful Israelites, of all ages, that they are justified in Yahuweh’s sight because of His Atonement. On this day, Yahushua, the High Priest, enters into the courts of Yahuweh, and sprinkles His own blood on the mercy seat, and atones for the whole House of Jacob. (Romans 11:26; Ezekiel
36:22-38; Jeremiah 31:31-34: Jeremiah 50:20 and hundreds of other verses throughout the Word). This is the day of the mighty restoration of the two Houses in their completeness, as per Ezekiel 37:15-28, in which He restores them into one Kingdom again.
THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES
On this day, 5 days after the Day of Atonement, Yahuweh proceeds to tabernacle with man for 1,000 years. It pictures Elohim living with His creation. (Revelation 20:11-chapter 22)
This Festival will demand required attendance each year, or there will be penalties – Zechariah 14:16-19.This is the time that Messiah was born. He came to “tabernacle among us” – John 1:14. It is the time of the restoration of all things. Acts 3:19-20
In John 7:37-39, we read: “On the last day, the great day of the Feast”, during the celebration of the water pouring, Yahushua stood up and declared “If any man thirst, let him come to Me and drink. He that believes on Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spoke He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive…)”
The Bride of Messiah will rule and reign with her Bridegroom, not only for this 1,000 years, but in the New Jerusalem, forever. (Revelation 19-22)
There are many passages in the Word, which describe the peace and prosperity of this time. But, since all modern technology will be destroyed, we will go back to an agricultural society. Man will work 6 days, and on Shabbat, he will rest. He will attend the seven Festivals in Jerusalem, and keep the Torah. Yahushua, and those who rule with Him, will enforce the Torah “with a rod of iron”. It is wise now, to enter the covenant relationship with Yahuwah through Messiah, and guard His Torah, for He comes with a “fiery Torah” to the earth, and those who are obedient to Him, will have great privileges.
This Feast also pictures the coming of the Father to the earth, at the end of the 1,000 years. He will come to raise up the wicked, and judge them, sending them justly to the lake of fire. He will create a new heaven and a new earth, and bring His City—the New Jerusalem—down over the earth, where He will reign from forever.
The Festivals of Hanukkah and Purim
The Festival of Hanukkah usually falls in December. John 10:22 shows that Yahushua went up to the Temple during this Festival, also called the Festival or Feast of Dedication. It is a celebration of a historical victory by the Jewish people around 167BCE, without which we would not have the Hebrew Scriptures. Greece wanted to destroy anything of Hebrew culture. The Jews fought back, and won. This festival also will have its fulfillment in those who stand against the anti-messiah during the Tribulation, in his attempts to destroy anything to do with Yahuwah and His Torah off the earth.
The Feast of Purim is from the book of Esther. It also shows the victory of the Jews over a leader who wanted to destroy them. It, also, will be fulfilled during the tribulation, as the world ruler will try to destroy all Torah-observant Jews and Messianic Torah-observant believers out of the world.
The Word does not require us to celebrate these two festivals, but in celebrating them, as Yahushua did, we are learning to look to His victory in the days of severe testing. (For further information about these two festivals, please ask for my article: Hanukkah).
These festivals are the heritage of those who belong to Yahuwah, along with the weekly Shabbat. These are signs of who belongs to the Messiah of Israel, and who does not.
His calendar is not laborious and heavy. It is light and joyful, and through obedience to His Festivals, Shabbats, and laws for our good, we maintain a healthy, balanced life, in mind, emotions, spirit and body.
Shalom to you,
Originally written in 2002; Revised April 18, 2005
The Two Witnesses, the Bride of Messiah, the Forerunning Companies, and the Fleeing Remnant
Zechariah 4:2-3; 11-14
Revelation 3:7-13; 7:1-8; 9:4; 14:1-1-5; 22:3-5, 14
Ezekiel 9:1-11; Malachi 3:16-4:4 and many more
Today we are already seeing many phenomenons on the earth. The great apostasy, falling away, has begun and is accelerating. Many who once seemed so solid in their faith in Messiah are denying Him and turning to Judaism, or demoting His equality with the Father, or adding mystic and occult, New Age-style practices to their beliefs. Many are running after what they get—in the “prosperity” movement—and are apostate as far as the original faith taught by Yahushua Messiah. The worship of things, and the exaltation of humans, is idolatry. The ancient Canaanite god of fortune and prosperity was “Baal Gawd”—translated from Hebrew as “Lord, God”.
But, from Father’s Kingdom two witness companies of people have been set into ministry–set-apart to Yahuweh, Elohim of Israel, marked by the characteristics of Eliyahu (Elijah) and the sons of Zadok (The Cohenim of today—those who are descendants of the Kohathites from Aaron, and those who have the Levite spirit of separation, se-apartness, and undefiled purity—Ezekiel 44:15-18). Eliyahu and Zadok were Levite priests!
These two companies of the set-apart remnant of Yahuweh are coming together as one by the Spirit of Yahuweh. There is a “Bridal remnant” that will do exploits during the time of the anti-messiah. She is hidden within these two companies at present. She is marked and sealed, for she cannot die—but will be alive and remain to receive her Bridegroom. Those not marked, of His set-apart ones, will either be martyred or die in the world holocaust to come, but their reward will be great! All end-time ministry falls into the two categories of the Elijah prophetic messages (as I Kings 18), or the Zadok teachings of those set-apart who love Truth. The exhortation of Revelation 22;11 is that the set-apart must be more set-apart, and the Zadok teaching helps them with this. (Ezekiel 44:23)
These companies forerun the two witnesses’ and the Bridal remnant’s work in the latter days. Once mankind has polarized, the set-apart martyrs have died, and other set-apart ones who have died in war, by pestilence and famine, the work of the two companies will no longer be needed, except to exhort and encourage any remaining set-apart ones. Therefore, the Bridal remnant among them will move into doing “exploits” for the Father in the earth, thus paving the way for Messiah’s return to receive her unto Himself.
The major characteristic of those that do “exploits” is that they know Him. (Daniel 11:32)
These companies, like the Bride and the two witnesses, have a zeal and passion for Yahuweh their Father, and Yahushua their Bridegroom like no other people on earth. They joyfully guard the Torah of Yahuweh. They are dropping His plumb line of Truth into the earth, and teaching the difference between the defiled and the undefiled, the pure and the clean. It is these companies who are preparing the set-apart ones of Yahuweh for their part in the times before Messiah’s return.
We know the literal two men witnesses of Revelation 11 are not far behind these two companies, and not far behind them is the coming of our Jewish Savior and Bridegroom, Yahushua ha Machiach—Messiah of Israel! “The Spirit and the Bride say: `Come Yahushua Come!’ ” (Revelation 22:17)
As the world is polarizing against Yahuweh, the Torah–His Kingdom Instructions and Teachings, His absolutes and Truth in the earth–there is a tiny remnant emerging who have the characteristics of the Messiah, which are totally opposite of the characteristics of the “god of this world”–Satan/Lucifer. This remnant is hidden now, but will soon be manifested as the Bridegroom releases this company into His end-time ministry.
In studying the characteristics of these two men, these two witnesses of Yahuweh, I see the characteristics also of His forerunner companies, and of the Bride herself.
The setting aside, training and preparation of this remnant people has been going on for a long time, but now at the end of the age as we know it, these people are going through their final purifying so as to be able to walk blameless before Him during the time of the greatest tribulation the world has ever known. He is purifying them as gold is purified in the fire. This is a people who are dead to self, and alive unto Him. This is the totally opposite characteristic of the world’s people, who are into their own self-controlled
agendas, ambitions, goals and plans. The set-apart ones are servants, and lay down their lives for Elohim and His people. They have an intimate relationship with Him, and thus know His heart’s desires. They are a repentant people, sensitive to the conviction of the Spirit of Yahuweh, so that sin has no hold of them. They are dead to the things of the world, the flesh and the Devil. They are humble, contrite, and obedient to Him. They fear Yahuweh justly, as pure-of-heart people towards His agenda-focus only.
They are Malachi 3:16-4:4 people.
The Spirit is able to direct their thoughts, words and actions at the slightest touch of His presence. These people give, while the world’s people take. They submit to His authority, His Truth, His absolutes; the world rebels against truth and absolutes. While the world is getting more and more cold, and hard, and lawless and rebellious, the companies of Yahuweh are becoming more and more loving, kind, sensitive, compassionate, and obedient to the will of their Master Yahuweh, and their Bridegroom Yahushua the Savior. They are becoming more set-apart unto Him, as Revelation 22:11 commands us.
Primary to understand is that these set-apart ones, chosen before the foundation of the world to be revealed in these last days, are hidden ones.
The Bridal remnant is the most hidden—in “the secret place of the Most High”.
The word for “mark” in Hebrew is “tav”, used in Ezekiel 9:4; 6, regarding the marking of the set-apart ones before the destruction of the wicked, means: “a signature”, from a word that means “to scratch or imprint”.
Revelation 3:12: On the Bride’s forehead, seen by Yahuweh, Yahushua and His angels, but also by the agents of Satan and his world, is the signature of the Father’s family name, the name of the residency of the Bridegroom, and the signature of the Bridegroom—a type of marriage license.
The word for “sealed” in Greek, means “a signet, as fencing in or protecting from misappropriation, a stamp, an impression, mark of privacy or genuineness—a seal”. The Bride is sealed. She is first marked, then the marking is sealed. We see that in Revelation 9:4, she is sealed, or else she will die. The trumpet judgments are loosed in chapter 8. Therefore, the 144,000s of Revelation 7:1-8 must be sealed before the beginning of the trumpet judgments. I believe that as per my articles The Forty-Eight Hour Transition and Yedidah’s September 12th Report, that on September 12,
2007, the trumpet judgments were released, thus the marked Bride had to be sealed by then for preservation in the days to come.
This sets the Bride apart from all other humans, and lets all know that this one is not to be touched for destruction.
This hidden remnant is not flamboyant, braggadocios and worldly, with big ministries, big websites or big mailing lists, or with big mouths and little ministries either. The true Bridal remnant does not exalt flesh at all. She only points to Him, her Beloved. She knows His heart, and therefore enters into the “fellowship of His sufferings”. The “Bridal souls”, as Sister Basilea Schlink called them, are quiet people, who mind their own business and who exude His nature, and not “SELF”—which is the god of the Greek culture the West is immersed in. This remnant suffers more than any other group, for she watches the destruction of His people, their deaths or their defections to the anti-messiah—people who could have lived, or gone to a higher reward, if they had only obeyed Him, followed Him, and listened to Him.
It is primary to understand that the Master was a Jew, a Hebrew, not a Greek or Roman. Eastern culture and mind-set, especially the Hebrew culture of the Word, given to us by Yahuweh, is totally opposite of the western culture of America and Europe. His Bride and those who are His true bond slaves are hidden, quiet, reserved, and modest, following Him
wherever He goes, as an eastern woman would follow in the footsteps of her husband.
Revelation 14:4-5: “These are those who are not defiled, for they became virgins. (II Corinthians 11:2) They are those following the Lamb wherever He goes. They are redeemed from among men, being first fruits to Elohim and to the Lamb. And in their mouths is no falsehood, for they are blameless before the throne of Elohim”. (Italics mine)
Psalm 83:3: Yahuweh is called upon to protect His “hidden ones”. The word “hidden” is #6845 Strong’s Concordance, and means: “to hide away, to cover over, to hoard or reserve, to protect, to keep secretly in a secret place, to esteem, to lay up secretly–privately”.
This reminds us of Psalm 91. So many claim Psalm 91 for protection—as an amulet like the crucifix and garlic. But, verse 1 is the condition: “He that dwells (lives continually; has residency because of meeting requirements of the King’s government) in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty”. (Italics mine)
To be hidden in Him requires that one completely forsake the world system and hide in Him exclusively for their protection—an action that is opposite of western values. But, to be His disciple, one must forsake all that is not of Him—Luke 14:25-33. It takes a purposed extreme change in lifestyle for a westernized person to “dwell” in the “secret place of the Most High”.
John 15:7: “If you abide (stay, dwell) in Me, and My word abides (stays, dwells) in you, you can ask what you will and it shall be done for you”. (Italics mine)
This process of abiding can only be done is one totally is dependent on the Ruach Yahuweh for everything, and has died to self, and has no life of their own except to obey Him and love Him, and be in relationship with Him so well that they think like Him. Does a branch act on its own and thus bear fruit on its own? Of course not—it gets its life from the root, and thus does nothing but abide in the supporting trunk that has a strong root deep in the earth. (John 15:1-7 says that we are branches, and He is the supporting trunk).
In living in Edom—Aqaba, Jordan—on the Red Sea for most of the last eight years, I saw how an eastern Bride acts. She has none of the “women’s lib” characteristics of the American woman that so often causes the man to divorce her. The American male is in a society that seeks to emasculate him—depriving him of his male role–to be controlled by the prevailing
jezebel spirits in the culture. Therefore he either rebels and acts out violently or shrinks back and becomes a mouse. The proper role of the male and female has been lost. The Torah lifestyle gives us a balance in the roles of man and woman that bring peace to the home, stability, and order. The children grow up knowing what they are, and how they are to act. There is very little divorce among those that adhere to the Torah and to the spirit of Torah which is love, joy, peace, self-control, faith, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, and kindness.
Neither does the Scriptural Hebrew Bride act like a mouse. She’s a strong woman. She’s a well-trained, disciplined soldier in His army also, as well as a bond slave to His commands. She is balanced between being reserved, hidden, meek and quiet, humble and contrite, and using boldness when authorized by her Bridegroom to fulfill His desires. He is her defense, so she doesn’t need to defend herself.
Because she is a watchman/gatekeeper, with His keys that He has given to her to open His gates for His people, she has to be bold in intercession,
proclamation, declaration and the prophetic gifts, in order to fulfill His will. She is gifted in whatever He needs for her to do—healing, deliverance, teaching His Word, ministering the baptism into the Ruach Yahuweh, or leading someone to salvation through Messiah’s shed blood and resurrection. Whatever is needed, He has trained her to be able to do, without fear, without shame, without holding back in compromise, and without “self” getting in the way.
She has died to “self” and has no other agenda than to please Him. “Dead” people—dead to their own desires, ambition, and agendas are happy people, free people! (Romans 6; Galatians 5:24)
Yet, her relationship with Him is mature—it is not sentimental, gooey and mushy, full of false Greek romantic fantasy—it is intimate, yet powerful at the same time. It is a relationship based on sweet friendship as well as personal intimacy.
Messiah gave us a wonderful example of an eastern Bride: He said in John 5:19, reiterating it several times in other passages: “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son is able to do nothing at all by Himself, but only that which He sees the Father doing, because what He does, the Son does also.”
A beautiful example of this was told to me this Sukkot in Jerusalem by someone who watched what happened. She said that she was serving in a soup kitchen in downtown Jerusalem. A man who was a friend of those in the soup kitchen brought his new bride to introduce her. They were served their meal. But, first the man spoke to those present. His new bride looked lovingly at him, totally enthralled at what he was saying, even though the
food was getting cold. He picked up his fork and took a few bites. She picked up her fork and took a few bites. He put down his fork and spoke
some more. She put down her fork and again looked lovingly at him as he spoke”. She did nothing but follow His example.
The Bride is a wise lady. She has many ideas and she goes about to do them…but the ideas have come from her Bridegroom, and He is behind her 100% in her endeavors.
So many in America, who teach on the Bride, have Him as a romantic Greek. They do not know the Hebrew Messiah—the Jew—whom John saw as awesome and fearsome. He is to be respected as the ultimate male—the second Adam—the conquering King and coming High Priest. To bring Him down to the level of romance and sentimentality is to lessen His position as
Elohim. Yes, He is tender, gentle, very sweet and precious. But, this intimacy is for the hidden ones—behind closed doors.
The ancient eastern culture does not allow for a show of romance between couples. There is no handholding or kissing, no hugging and teasing–no display of affection that is accepted in public.
Today, in China and Africa and the Arab world, and among the religious Jews, I found that this is also true. It is considered very distasteful for man and woman to display affection in public in these places. When the Jewish Messiah comes, He comes with the wrath of the Father, not “tip toeing through the tulips”.
Getting to know Him takes set-apartness—making being alone with Him a priority. Shabbat is the “date day” and He speaks more to her on this day than on any other day of the week—at least that’s what I’ve found. The Orthodox Jews say that Shabbat comes as a Bride. But, being alone to hear Him, and to learn His will for her, is primarily above everything to the Bride. She may work at a job, be raising children, or a senior who is babysitting grandchildren, but her focus is not on these things—it is on Him. She is constantly talking to Him, her “best Friend”. There is an intimacy that she does not express to anyone else, not even her best friends. What they share together is private!
The Biblical Hebrew culture is His cultural standard, given to us by covenant relationship (the terms of the marriage covenant) at Mt. Sinai, and written
on our hearts on the day of Pentecost (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Acts 2). We must know Him in Hebraic culture of the Word. The Bride thinks like an eastern lady. The eastern women are strong, yet they have tenderness inside.
An eastern wife indeed walks behind her husband. And this is the way we are to walk behind Messiah Yahushua. It is “following” Him. He leads! When He said, “Follow Me” it was a call for His disciples to become bridal of heart. The sealed ones “Follow the lamb wherever He goes” (Revelation 14:4). The eastern woman follows her husband in submission, honor, and obedience. He, in turn, loves her and protects her and shares His heart with her. Their relationship is exclusive—she has no other “gods” before Him.
The woman following behind her husband in no way demotes her as a second-class citizen, but exalts her as HIS woman. He knows that in private He has her as His exclusive lady. She knows that when they get alone together,
they are exclusive, and she belongs to Him. She only unveils herself for Him. She only undresses for Him.
Moses had to wear a veil over his face, because of the presence of Yahuweh which made his face shine. He was as a bride, veiled. When Moses went into the presence of Yahuweh, he took the veil off. When the bride goes into the presence of her husband, off comes the veil. What a beautiful picture we have in the relationship between Moses and Yahuweh. “And since then, no prophet has arisen in Israel like Moses, whom Yahuweh knew face to face”. (Deuteronomy 34:10) See Exodus 33:9-23; 34:29-35.
Exodus 33:11: “Thus Yahuweh spoke to Moses face to face as a man speaks to his friend”.
Numbers 12:3,7-8: “And the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth…And Yahuweh said, `Hear now My words: If your prophet is of Yahuweh, I make Myself known to him in a vision, and I speak to him in a dream. No so with my servant Moses, he is trustworthy in all My house. I speak with him mouth to mouth and plainly, and not in riddles. And he sees the form of Yahuweh…”
Notice the two outstanding qualities—humility and faithfulness—Yahuweh considered Moses trustworthy because he was faithful. We have to earn His trust. When He trusts us, we can carry His authority and He backs us.
Matthew 17:1-3: “And after six days Yahushua took Kepha and Ja’cob, and Yohanan his brother, and brought them up on a high mountain by themselves and He was transformed before them and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white a light. And, see, Moses and Eliyahu appeared to them, talking with Him”.
In the ancient Hebrew wedding, Eliyahu was considered the attendant of the Bridegroom and Moses the attendant of the Bride.
Abraham was called “the friend of Yahuweh”. Yahushua says in John 15:14: “You are My friends, if you do whatever I command you”.
Here comes in the Hebrew understanding of love: To love means to submit and obey, thus love is proven by actions, by respect and honor. Love, like faith, must be proven in action, or else it is empty and void and false. (Ja’cob 2)
Thus Messiah says in John 14:13: “If you love Me, keep My commandments”.
There are times of intimacy when He draws His beloved up next to His side—YES! But, this is in private.
But, how can one really teach on the Bride? I’ve asked myself this question. It is not an option to be a part of this remnant. It was a choosing before
the foundation of the world by the Bridegroom. One can teach about the Bridal remnant as part of end-time teachings, but to teach on her as an option, no. It is the work of the Ruach Yahuweh who prepares her for the Bridegroom. This is why “the Spirit and the Bride say `Come’ ”.
The Bride is marked, and sealed, and this is a sovereign work of the Ruach. This position takes life-long training. No “self” must be in her.
Psalm 45:10-11: “Listen, O daughter, and see, and incline your ear, and forget your own people and your father’s house, and let the King delight in your loveliness. Because he is your Master—bow yourself to Him.”
This is repugnant to the brazen culture of America and Europe, where women strut around in their bras on TV for all to see, including little children, women wear scanty clothes in public, and stone-faced haughtiness is considered “chic”.
But, if you are Messiah’s love, then you leave all to follow Him, because He is Master, and you bow to Him alone!
Rebekah chose to leave her family behind in Syria and go with Abraham’s servant to become the wife of Isaac. Genesis 24 is a picture of the Ruach, extension of Abraham, going forth to bring the bride of Messiah to Himself.
In this chapter we have a powerful principle of faith: “I, being in the way, Yahuweh led Me”… We must be “in the way” following the Master, if He is to lead us. When you bow to Messiah, you realize that you abandon yourself to His desires. He is Master.
The Bride is one who is led. She does not go off on her own. The payment price has been paid, and she belongs to her husband. Messiah paid the ultimate price for us—His blood! (For more on “The Ancient Hebrew Wedding”–Covenant and Ceremony—please ask for the article by that name).
Yahushua won’t have another whore, as the ten tribes were to Him, so that He had to break the engagement by a “certificate of divorce”—Jeremiah 3:8.
[Note: In eastern culture the engagement is as binding as marriage, and must be ended by divorce, same as marriage. Thus Joseph secretly wanted to “put her away” – Miriam – when she was found with child.]
Yahushua wants a woman who is exclusive, for He is a jealous lover – Exodus 34:14: “For you shall worship no other god: For Yahuweh, whose Name is Jealous, is a Jealous Elohim”. Anything that we put before Him is a god, an idol. We must never be guilty of idolatry. Oftentimes we put ourselves, or our family, before Him, and we become a god that we worship. In Matthew 10:34-39, He says that if we put anything before Him, we are not worthy of Him.
In the late 1980’s, I heard a man, a friend, teach on the Bride—it was excellent teaching. As he spoke I asked the Father, “Who is the Bride”?
Father immediately showed me a vision of a single human, which has three parts—representing the three groups of His people. There was the outward body—representing the carnal ones. They live in the “outer court” receiving salvation yet entering also into the carnality of superficial life. They are
quite content to stay there. Though they are believers in Messiah, they do not guard the Torah of Yahuweh, and thus are not set-apart to Yahuweh. They can go no further than the “outer court”, where the altar of sacrifice and the laver are. This group of people will spend eternity on the new earth because of their faith in Messiah Yahushua, but are unable to enter His eternal City (Revelation 21:23-24a) because they did not guard His commandments (Revelation 22:14). They are the guests at the wedding. These are “the saved”. These are the “30-fold”.
Like all people, this body had a soul: A mind, will, emotions, feelings, reasoning and personality—the seat of the sin nature, which relates to the world by the five senses and data input. But, this one in the vision had “saved their soul” by transforming it in the Word and submission to the Master. These not only believed in the Messiah, but by willful obedience also guarded the Torah. These are friends of the Bridegroom and the Bride, the attendants at the wedding, who have right to represent the saved of the new earth before the King (Revelation 21:24b-26), just as attendants in a wedding go between the guests and the Bride and Groom, standing with the Bride and Groom during the ceremony. These are they who dwell in the “set-apart place”–the area of the showbread (representing the Word of Elohim to the twelve tribes), the menorah (representing the light of the world, and the light of the assemblies of Yahushua), and the altar of incense (representing the prayers of the set-apart ones, continually going up before Elohim as a sweet-smelling savor)– the 60-fold, those that minister to
others and to Yahuweh. These come and go into the City, but do not live there. Only one gets to live with the Bridegroom—the Bride.
Then He spoke to me of the third part of a person—the spirit—the place, where at our point of giving our lives to Him, begins to contact eternity. It is the place that He speaks to us, and wishes to abide in us. It is here that He teaches us, and talks to us, and leads and guides us. This is the place of fellowship between He and us. It is the eternal spirit, in the heart (center of our being), that learns through obedience to respond to Him and obey Him without question. It is by “walking in the spirit”, hand and hand with Him, that we are perfected. It causes our soul to change (Romans 12:1-2). These three parts make up the human being. It is our job to teach the soul not to war against the spirit, but to submit to it.
As He showed me this vision that day, He said of the Bride: “She is the spirit”. She is the one who contacts Him in the secret place—through her eternal spirit to His Spirit (Ruach). It is there that she fellowships with her Beloved. Her spirit is like the inner most set-apart place, where the Ark sat in the Tabernacle or Temple. She is the 100-fold, the one who lives in the
Most Set-Apart place and ministers to Elohim.
It is a priestly role. Only the High Priest can grant such a privilege to anyone. Our High Priest is Yahushua. (Mark 4:20—the three levels of fruit-bearing) It is here in the hidden place that she is trained to know her Bridegroom.
The Ark is a picture of the Person of Messiah. Therefore, to be in seclusion
with Him, away from the “outer court” of busyness and frivolity, chitchatting and shallow uselessness, is her greatest longing. During the wilderness journey, when the Kohathites carried the Ark forth, Judah went out first following the Ark to its resting place. The other tribes followed. Spiritually, Father has sent Judah home first (Zechariah 12:7) following the “Ark”, looking for Messiah, to prepare the way for Messiah to find His rest on Mt. Zion (Psalm 132:12-14). (Numbers 9:15-10)
Numbers 10:33: They Kohathites took the Ark out three days before Judah began to follow. We are in the “third day” since Messiah’s first coming, and Judah is beginning to follow—HalleluYah! (Hosea 6:1-3; Exodus 19) On the “third” day, Yahuweh comes down in the sight of men.
The Bride is the one who listens for His voice, and responds without “but”, or “wait”. Unlike the woman of the Song of Songs chapter 5, she doesn’t put
Him off, when He comes seeking her. She is the one who is not afraid to get her feet dirty, but arises quickly to let Him into her life.
She is not uppity—she does not think of herself as too good to be with His poor people in any Third World Country. She is as happy in a mud hut, or concrete block house, in Africa, a shack in China, a mud and stick house in the Mongolian Gobi or sitting on a sheep skin in a hogan on the Navajo reservation, as if she was in a palace.
And she is not fearful—for she knows He is with her everywhere He sends her. She is only fearful of one thing: Offending Him. She fears the Father with great fear, for she knows that her relationship with the Bridegroom also involves a relationship with the Father!
To bottom line it—she knows Him well enough to know His nature, His ways, and His thinking, so that she fully trusts Him with her life, knowing He will only do her good. And as with the Proverbs 31 woman, He comes to the place where He absolutely trusts her too. She has proven herself faithful. Proverbs 31:11-12: “The heart of her husband shall trust her…she shall do him good, and not evil, all the days of her life”.
He will hide her for a short time, during the worst of the tribulation time, in Edom, in “the clefts of the rocks”, until He comes for her.
(Song of Songs 2:13-14) He will take her unto Himself as a first-fruit of the resurrection (Revelation 14:1).
But, she sits not idly by for 3 ½ years, but is part of those who do “exploits” in the earth. Therefore, the characteristics of the Bride are also the characteristics of the two witnesses. (Daniel 11:32)
She does not think of the “mansion over the hilltop”, she thinks of her eternal home by His side, for 1,000 years in the City of David in Jerusalem, and then in the New Jerusalem. This is the Bride: Revelation 22:3-5.
I am so shocked that so few Christian people want to see the City of David in Jerusalem—even those I thought were bridal of heart. This is the center of where His earthly Kingdom began under King David. This is where the great Gihon River, one of the rivers of the Garden of Eden, gushes forth, where Samuel anointed Solomon, and Ezra read the Torah for the first time in 70 years. So much is happening there now, on that little hill of Zion—the real Zion—to prepare for the near future, that it is overwhelming. This is
where the Siloam Springs is, the south Kidron Valley, and the place, where for forty years, the tabernacle of David sat—where the Psalms were written. I praise the Father that the Jews have preserved it and excavated it for us. It is the place where Messiah will dwell with His Queen, for 1,000 years.
The bride longs for the day that she is crowned Queen – the day He is crowned King – on their wedding day.
Psalm 45 (the Wedding Psalm): Verses 13-15: “…Her dress is embroidered with gold. She is brought to the King in embroidered work; Maidens,
her companions following her, are brought to You. They are brought with gladness and rejoicing; They enter the King’s palace…” Verse 9 spoken to the Bridegroom: “…At Your right hand stands the Queen in gold from Ophir”.
His family is her family. His culture is her culture. His Land is her Land. His Covenant (Torah) is with her for eternity. She might be from one of the other twelve tribes, but His tribe is her family—Judah. She has His love for “His brethren”—the Jewish people. She loves them because she sees them through His eyes.
Matthew 25:31-46: He judges on how the nations and individuals treated His brethren—the Jews (tribe of Judah). Many of the religious Jews today, Orthodox and Chasidic, will receive Him at His coming—Zechariah 12:10-13:1. This means that we should be praying for the redemption of the tribe of Judah, for a remnant will be saved. Messiah is also part Levite, and today Levites, like Jews, can be DNA tested to prove their lineage. The remnant
of the Zadok priesthood, through John the baptizer, Messiah’s cousin, is now being trained, and will serve Messiah in the Kingdom. Therefore, we must walk among the Jews and Cohenim (Levites) with prayerful hearts– always aware that among them are the set-apart remnant of His brethren! The more we love the Jewish people, the more the Father gives us love and understanding for Yahushua’s “brothers”.
The Bride loves His City—Jerusalem. Yes, it is defiled, and in Revelation 11:8 it is called “Sodom and Egypt”, yet it is the only place on earth that He will defend in the last days (Zechariah 14). She is not disgusted or put off by the attitudes of religious Jews, nor of their lifestyle they brought to Israel from 1930’s Europe, but she sees Jerusalem as He saw it when He wept over it—Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34-35.
Luke 19:41: “And when He was coming near to Jerusalem, He beheld the City, and wept over it”. The word “wept” means: “intense, convulsive sobbing”. Do we weep over the Jewish people and His City like that? If your heart is knit to His City and to His people, then you have His heart. If you are turned off by them, and act with a “better-than-thou” self-
righteous mentality towards them, it is clear that you are not of the Bridal Company.
His end-time companies carry His heart to His people, so no matter what they do, we must carry the love of the Messiah for them. The fruit of the re-born spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) is first of all His love. It takes over if we
will let it, so that we see His City and His people as He sees it. That doesn’t mean we condone sin, nor their rejection of the Messiah, but we pray—day and night—always praying. Isaiah 62:1-7, “…give Him no rest until He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth”.
The whole Word focuses on the last of the last days, and the Bride is finally
revealed, as she separates from the rest of the world’s peoples, and her love and purity and faithfulness, and dogged determined obedience is seen before a cruel and wicked world. She is a very small remnant from all nations of the earth. She may have gone through her whole lifetime and not met another member of the Bridal Company, but now, He is bringing her together with others of like mind for the final days.
She has a part to play with the two witnesses of Revelation 11. They interact. She carries the same message as they, and they protect her.
More characteristics of the two witnesses, their forerunning companies, and of the Bridal remnant
1) These set-apart ones are born from above–by the Spirit of Yahuweh, and have His nature, hating sin, and loving righteousness. They have “passed from death unto life”, and it is evident by their love of Elohim, and fellow believers. (John 13:35 and I John 3:14) Yet, they belong to no man-made, man-controlled group. Their fellowship is with those of like mind and heart. They are “set-apart” unto Him.
2) They guard and obey the Torah from their heart–Elohim’s instructions and teachings are written on their hearts by the Ruach Yahuweh. To them, obeying the Torah is great joy!
3) Yahuweh calls the “witnesses”, “My two witnesses”—Revelation 11:3.
They represent the remnant of the whole house of Jacob—the house
of Judah with its three tribes (Judah—Jews—Levi and Benjamin)
and the house of Israel (also called the house of Ephraim or the
house of Joseph), with its ten tribes. The two companies and the
Bridal remnant also represent all the tribes of Jacob.
4) They have power and authority granted to them by their Father
based in their intense love for their Elohim and His people. Power
with Him comes by consistent loving obedience–to the degree to
with which we conform to His nature. Without the nine fruit of the
Ruach Yahuweh in action (Galatians 5:22-24), their power could be
easily turned and used to take their own revenge and anger on
people. Elisha the Prophet had the double portion of the mantle of
Eliyahu. He had great power. But, the first thing he did was to use
his power to cause bears to attacks a group of children who were
taunting him. Power without His love to control it is dangerous.
He has to be able to trust us with His Word and His given authority.
5) Father’s 3½ years of intense tribulation (pressure), which he allows
Satan and man to bring, and His final wrath, which He alone brings, is
simply to separate those He loves from those who would destroy
“Tribulation” comes from the Latin word “tribulum”, which is a farm
instrument that puts pressure on wheat or corn, to release the
chaff so that it blows away. It is the height of His love for us, to
free us from our own sin, and from what is evil (I Peter 4:1ff). His
wrath, then, is motivated by love. Therefore, since the two
witnesses are given power and authority to do “as they wish”, the
level of their love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control must be at a high level.
6) They walk blameless before the throne, having come out of the Babel
system in all of its whoredom, and worship Yahuweh alone. To be
blameless is to be single hearted—not distracted by things that are
not of Him—“pure of heart”—and set apart (Hebrews 12:14;
7) They have totally submitted themselves to hearing and obeying
Yahuweh, so that they are “dead” to their own desires. They have no
other purpose than to be channels of His love and judgment. Because
they are so pure of heart, the Father can use them to judge His
enemies. (Ezekiel 44:24—a characteristic of the Zadok Priesthood is
righteous judgment). Therefore, Yahuweh trusts them. Trust, based
on love, between Elohim and a set-apart people is the highest form of
relationship. He can trust very few to fulfill His will, only those He
personally trains will please Him fully.
8) The witnesses are unique in that they know they are on a course to a
finish line that includes dying in Jerusalem. (Revelation 11:7) The
witnesses will die in the streets of literal Jerusalem. The Bridal
remnant will not die, but be alive and remain at His coming. Psalm 91
was written for the Bridal remnant—for those “dwelling” in Him.
Why do the two witnesses die? In ancient Israel, two witnesses were
chosen by the High Priest to announce the first sliver of the new
moon, thus proclaiming the new month. This is how the Festivals of
Yahuweh were determined. The “day and hour no man knows” is
about their job.
In ancient times, two witnesses, who were priests, would go up on the
Temple Mount at the dark of the moon—the 29th and 30th of each
month—and watch and wait for the sighting of the first sliver of
the new moon. Because they did not know which of the two days the
new moon would appear, they said it was “the day and hour no man
knows”. When they sighted the new moon, they would go to the High
Priest. He would call to them, “Come up here” (Revelation 4:1). They
would go before him and he would ask them questions to make sure
each agreed, for as the Scripture rules: “In the mouth of two or
three witnesses, let every word be established”. If their testimony
agreed, then the shofar was blorn and the new moon declared.
In Revelation 11, during the dark of the moon, their bodies lie in the
street. But, as the new moon appears, their bodies ascend before
the High Priest, Yahushua Messiah. The shofar (last trump:
Revelation 11:15-19) is blown for the new month of Tishre, the High
Priest descends (Revelation 19; Matthew 24:31; Matthew 13:36-50),
The wicked are gathered for burning first, and then the righteous
are gathered into His Kingdom.
The two witnesses are two priests who prophesy, for it is only Levites
who have the right to determine the new moon—especially the new
moon of Yom Teruah—The Feast of Trumpets—Tishre 1. It is on this
feast that Messiah comes.
9) The witnesses and the Bridal company, who do exploits even during
the time of anti-messiah (Daniel 11:32) are constantly persecuted,
despised, rejected, and the targets of the most sadistic, cruel and
bitter hate of the enemy and his marked ones (those who have
received the mark of the beast—the ID mark of the anti-messiah).
Because the enemy cannot attack them honestly, he creates lies and
slander and gossip to assassinate their reputation, and cast doubt on
their integrity. People say: “You are too harsh; Your God is cruel and
unloving; Your God puts people in legalistic bondage; You are too
too critical, judgmental, unloving; You are crazy, insane, intolerant, a
doomsday prophet, a religious nut”, and the list goes on. The
Luciferic world hates Yahuweh and His Torah, for its people are
agents of Satan as the angel of light—Lucifer—“the light-bearer
the illumined one”. Right now, the agents of Lucifer appear to be
nice, but II Corinthians 11:13-15 is in effect.
Yet, these kind ones have been trained in wisdom and understanding,
so they know to continue in His love even in the face of the most
cruel enemies, and false accusations.
10) The witnesses, Bridal remnant and forerunning companies use His
Hebrew Names and titles, for they are His witnesses in the earth.
They know Him intimately, so use His correct Names to glorify and
honor Him. “You shall be hated by all men for My Name’s sake”,
Yahushua said. (Matthew 10:22; 24:9) They are not ashamed to give
honor and esteem to the One True Creator, Yahuweh, Elohim of
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—Elohim of Hosts, Elohim of Israel. They
are not ashamed to be identified with Israel, and the twelve tribes
of Jacob. They are not ashamed to be identified with the tribe of
Judah—the Jewish people—for it is the family tribe of the Messiah
of Israel is Yahushua—the Lion of the tribe of Judah, rightful heir
to the throne of King David. Their Savior is Yahushua, the salvation
of Yahuweh, who purchased us with His own blood—the payment of
the wedding dowry. They represent the uniting of the two houses
of Israel—the southern and the northern kingdoms (Revelation
7:1ff; Ezekiel 37:15-28)—all the tribes of Jacob.
11) Jeremiah was a Zadok priest, as was Ezekiel, as was Ezra, yet they
both were prophets. Yochanan (John) the baptizer was full-blooded
Levite, yet he was a prophet. Revelation 11, the whole chapter, is
about the Temple, the Dwelling Place of Yahuweh in heaven, and
Yahushua on earth, and is about priests at His second coming.
From the Amplified Bible, Revelation 11:3: “I will grant the power
of prophecy to My two witnesses”. The description of these
witnesses is like that of the end-time Zadok priesthood, who will
serve Messiah in the Kingdom. They “stand” before the Master.
(I Kings 17:1; Matthew 17:3; Zechariah 4:2-3, 11-13). They walk in
all the prophetic and miraculous gifts, and perform signs and
wonders. (I Corinthians 12:1-11)
In DNA Traditions by Rabbi Yaakov Klieman, pages 115 and 117, he
gives Jewish tradition that Elijah was a priest, from the lineage of
Phinehas, son of Eliazer, son of Aaron. Phinehas was not in the
lineage of the High Priest–Aaron’s son Ithimar was to carry that
lineage. But, because of Phinehas’ daring act of zealous honor for
Yahuweh, the priesthood passed through his lineage to Zadok and
to those Cohenim of today, identified back to Aaron by DNA
marking and the Y chromosome.
In Numbers 25:13, Yahuweh grants that through Phinehas would
come an everlasting priesthood, which we see will be in force
forever—(Ezekiel 44:15 and following; Jeremiah 33:17-36; Isaiah
66:21-23). The priesthood of Ithimar died out with Eli, at the
destruction of Shiloh. Jews say that when the forerunner
of Messiah, Eliyahu, comes, he will distinguish, by prophesy,
between the different tribes of Jacob. On page 117, in listing
“Eliyahu the prophet”, Klieman puts in parenthesis, “priest”. I have
traced every verse about Eliyahu in the Word, and there is more
evidence that he was a displaced priest in the northern Kingdom,
than not. His power in intercession is an indication of His calling as
a mediator between the people and Yahuweh—a sign of the
priesthood. (For more information, read the article “Elijah
and Zadok Unite”.)
12) They have the fire of His Word in their mouths to drive back the
enemy. (Revelation 11:5; Psalm 18:8; Jeremiah 5:14; 20:9; 23:29)
This fire has the power to kill anyone who would hurt them.
Because they are disciplined by His love, they only use this ability
when they have to. The “fire” is His Word, coming out of their
spirit, through their mouth.
13) They see into the hearts of people; they discern spirits. They know
what is in certain ones, for good and bad. Because of this “gift”,
those who are hiding things, flee from them, and even do evil to
them, to escape the light that comes from the Prophets
themselves. These two witnesses walk in the Light, and the
darkness flees, but those in the darkness flee from them.
They “intimidate” the easily offended among the proud. The Bride
also intimidates and offends–because she is so pure, she exposes
those who are wearing masks, without her having to say a word.
14) The demonic forces of Lucifer/Satan fear them, and all those who
belong to Lucifer fear them. They intimidate the powers of
darkness. They literally torment the anti-messiah, his agents, and
all of his followers—most of the earth’s people. That is why when
the two witnesses are killed, the world people do not even want
them buried, so that they can look on their dead bodies and
rejoice. They send presents to each other to celebrate the death
of those who tormented them. (Revelation 11:7-10)
15) They witnesses stand before the Master of the whole earth—
Zechariah 4:14; I Kings 17:1; Deuteronomy 34:10-12; Revelation
11:4; Matthew 17:3). Eliyahu stood before Ahab and said: “As
Yahuweh lives, before whom I stand”… That is a priestly duty—to
minister to Yahuweh. T
Deuteronomy 5:30-31: Yahuweh says to Moses: “God say to them,
`return to your tents’. But you, stand here by Me, and let Me
speak to you all the commands, the laws and the right-rulings
which you are to teach them”. Here we see Moses as an
“attendant”—a friend of the Bridegroom in the wedding, as in
Matthew 17:3, standing beside the Bridegroom, representing the
16) They are clothed in the armor of Elohim—the spiritual robes of the
High Priest Yahushua, and have upon their foreheads the golden
Plate which reads: “Set-Apart to Yahuweh”. Thus they operate in
the power of the priestly anointing to represent the remnant in the
earth. (Exodus 28/Ephesians 6:10-18) Therefore, they qualify as
His intercessors, to open doors for His purposes in the earth.
17) They know the Word very well, because they have hungered and
thirsted for it all their lives—it is a living thing within them.
Therefore, they can speak it with great power. His Word is their
life. It forms a protective shield around them. They love Truth
with a passion, as taught to them personally by the Father’s Spirit.
They do not heed the opinions of man, but only go by what the
Ruach teaches.(I John 2:27; John 14:26; 16:13)
18) They are trained well by the Father from an early age, and He has
guided their training, so that they have developed the
characteristics needed for this calling. As Samuel was called as a
little child and trained by the High Priest, so this set-apart
remnant was chosen from the foundation of the world, and called
early, and trained early to hear the voice of the High Priest. It
takes years to be transformed into His image, and to know how to
please the High Priest. They know His voice well, so that they are
not deceived by the voice of the enemy. It takes much training to
be able to discern between His voice, the voice of the enemy, and
human voices. It takes fine-tuned “discernment of spirits” to
distinguish between the true and the false. They cannot be
19) Sin is not an issue. So many that think they are Bridal, are
constantly battling sin in their own life, battling moods that are up
and down, attitudes that are up and down according to how the
world around them treats them–they pamper the flesh. They are
soul-oriented. They do not live out of their eternal spirit, but out
of the soul that contacts the natural world. They do not “walk in
the spirit”. To the purified remnant, sin is not an issue—it has
been dealt with. (Read I John 3:4, 6-10l 21-24; 5:18).
Romans 6:11: “Likewise reckon yourselves dead indeed to sin, but
alive unto Elohim, through Messiah Yahushua our Master”.
Read Romans 6 slowly and prayerfully. When we received Messiah,
after turning from sin through repentance, we died to sin, and
became the servants of righteousness—indeed, if the 30
things done by the Ruach at our receiving Messiah were done.
Henceforth, we live a life of repentance, so that at the slightest
conviction of the Ruach we repent and turn. We do not go back to
the vomit of the dog, but continue on to new levels in Him.
See Galatians 5:24 also. The American gospel is not Scriptural!
Yes, there is temptation to sin, but the power of the Ruach living
in one totally sold out to Him, is a buffer against temptation.
Messiah broke the power of sin for us—we don’t have to sin! It is
our choice. He empowers us to live in “newness of life”.
Sometimes we sin by mistake, and the Ruach is faithful to point
that out—so that we can repent and make things right with our
fellow man. If we hurt our fellow man, there is no such thing as
saying “I’m sorry” to Elohim, and not to the person we hurt. That’s
cheating! The witnesses, Bridal remnant and forerunners are very,
very, very sensitive to sin.
So many are running to this meeting and that meeting trying to
get help, or reading the newest New Age-type “self-help” book to
find how to fix their problems. They have no concept of yielding
to the Ruach Yahuweh so that He can change them from “glory to
glory” (II Corinthians 3:17-18), by His power. We ask and we
yield, and He does the work. Psalm 138:8: “Yahuweh will perfect
that which concerns me. Your mercy, O Yahuweh endures
20) Their center of operation for the witnesses is literal Jerusalem.
It is very possible that the center of operation for the Bridal
remnant is home-based in Israel, in the days when the
forerunning companies are out of work—for “night” has come.
There will be a remnant in Jerusalem, hidden in the labyrinth of
tunnels beneath East Jerusalem. There will also be a remnant of
the set-apart ones in Edom, Mt. Seir, Petra—Greek for Sela in
Hebrew. But, it appears that the Bridal remnant is not in hiding
until the last festival cycle—for Revelation 12:14 uses the word
for festivals—“mo’edim”—Yahuweh’s appointments. It would stand
to reason that this overcoming, victorious remnant would not be
sitting on her hands or twiddling her thumbs for 3 ½ years, waiting
for Messiah to show up.
Eliyahu appeared before Ahab and Jezebel, and Moses appeared
Before Pharaoh, so the witnesses appear before world rulers,
confronting the very hierarchs of darkness, and anti-messiah
21) Yahuweh trusts them with the rod and the mantle of authority.
Just as Elijah said before Ahab (I Kings 17:1): “As Yahuweh Elohim
of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall be no dew or rain
these years except at my word”. The power of declaration and
proclamation is in their mouth. This is true spiritual warfare.
Proverbs 18:21 says “Life and death is in the power of the
In I Kings 17:21-22 Eliyahu prays for a dead child: “O Yahuweh, my
Elohim, I pray, let the life of this child come back into him. And
Yahuweh heard the voice of Eliyahu, and the life of the child came
back to him, and he lived”. Yahuweh only trusts those He
personally trains. This power is a result of their close relationship
with Yahuweh—they trust Him; He trusts them. They are
spiritually always tied to His throne within the veil”. Their tongue
is controlled by the Spirit of Yahuweh.
James 3:8: “No man can tame the tongue. It is unruly, evil, filled
with deadly poison”. Yet, these two witnesses, and the Bridal
remnant is so controlled by the Spirit of Yahuweh, that their
tongues only speak His will, just like Yahushua only spoke what the
Father told Him to speak.
23) Yes, because of foreknowledge, (I Peter 1:2), the Father chose the
Bridal remnant before the foundation of the earth for His Son and
held back her coming until this last hour, to be revealed. He chose
all of us according to His foreknowledge, for the Book of Life of
the Lamb was written before the foundation of the world. He
chose us based on His foreknowledge of how we would respond to
24) “His wife HAS MADE HERSELF ready” (Revelation 19:7) She is
dressed in white linen—the “righteousness of the set-apart ones”.
The spirit of righteousness is a Levite spirit—which sees only in
“black and white”—truth or falsehood, defilement or set-
apartness, cleanness or uncleanness. There is no gray area with
them. But, then, there is no “gray area” in Hebrew understanding
either. Like Yahuweh, the witnesses and the Bridal remnant
will not tolerate a mixture. Their righteous anger is manifested
against sin in their own lives, and against lies and deceptions that
are hurting His Bridal-hearted ones. They have the passion of
Eliyahu at Mt. Sinai, when he said, “I have been jealous for
Yahuweh, Elohim of Hosts, for the children of Israel have
forsaken Your covenant, they have thrown down your altars, and
they have slain Your prophets…” (I Kings 19:10)
They have no other gods in His face–they are jealous and zealous
for Him, and passionately loyal and faithful. They are emotional
people who burn with “fire in their bones” for His purposes in the
25) Jeremiah 5:14: “…I am making you’re My words in your mouth
fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them”. Revelation
11:5: “And if anyone wishes to harm them, fire comes out of their
mouth and consumes their enemies. If anyone wishes to harm
them, he has to be killed in that way”. The fire is the Ruach and
the Word of Yahuweh coming out of these priest’s mouths to
judge the wicked. Except in intercession, and her job as
gatekeeper, the Bride is not called on to judge like the witnesses.
“Our Elohim is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29). Ezekiel 44:24:
Part of the Levite role is judgment. The companies of Eliyahu
and Zadok at times may have these powers under the control of
the Ruach—but they do nothing except at His OK. (Exodus 32:26-
Like Messiah did nothing except what He saw His Father doing,
and said nothing except what He heard His Father saying, so this
remnant and these witnesses are totally under the control of
Yahuweh. But, like Messiah (Revelation 19), they carry the sword.
26) “Witness” in the Greek language means “martyr”—the witnesses,
whether the two or the bridal remnant, live martyred lives—they
are dead to self. Dead people don’t worry about dying, so these
have no fear during the worst of times.
They drop The Final Plumb Line – Amos 7:7-8. After this,
Yahuweh will not pass by to convict anymore, and thus if people
do not adhere to their warnings, there is no more salvation. The
time of Yahuweh “striving with man” is already over. His mercy
continues for a short time longer. The witnesses, the Bridal
remnant and the forerunning companies are themselves, by their
lives, a living plumb-line.
27) The witnesses are physically two men. One may be the original
Eliyahu, who went up in a whirlwind, or one on which the
spirit of Eliyahu rests, as the spirit of Eliyahu rested on John
the baptizer. We do not know. But, because he appeared with
Messiah on Mt. Hermon (Matthew 17:1ff), the one to come is
most likely the original Eliyahu (II Kings 2).
By all Scriptural indications, especially Revelation 11;6, the two
Are Eliyahu and Moses (Moshe). Moses died by relinquishing his
spirit at the command of Yahuweh. He was buried in the plains
of Moab by Yahuweh Himself—the very area that Yahushua went
to after His baptism, for forty days and forty nights. I believe
that after Moses was buried, that Yahuweh resurrected him,
body, soul and spirit. As Enoch went to be with Yahuweh, body,
soul and spirit, and Eliyahu also. Eliyahu is a picture of those who
will be alive and remaining at Messiah’s coming, being
changed/glorified without dying, so Moses pictures those who
have died, but are resurrected at Messiah’s coming. (I
Corinthians 15:51-58; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Philippians 3:20-
Satan contended with the Archangel Michael over where the
body of Moses disappeared to. (Jude 1:9) If Moses’ body was
still in the ground where Yahuweh buried him, why would Satan
wonder where it was? Why would Satan want his body?
For different reasons, some say the other witness could be
Enoch, or Daniel, or John the Apostle.
28) True of the two companies, the Bridal remnant and the
witnesses: Since childhood, the enemy has tried to kill them,
discredit them, slander them, discourage them, isolate them,
cause them to feel lonely and rejected, unwanted, insecure, and
unloved, and lure them into sin that would stop them from
fulfilling their calling. Satan knew, from the foundation of the
world, that in the days of his exaltation on the earth, Yahuweh
would have His special forces. So Satan has been trying to
destroy children, even as Herod did, to get at the ones anointed
by Yahuweh. He now knows who they are because of the marking
and the sealed mark.
He has tried to lure them into addictive sin over and over. They
have had one attack after to sidetrack and discourage them
from doing what they were assigned to do “before the
foundation of the world”. As in Eliyahu’s day, the spirit of
Jezebel is very strong. This spirit knows who is flowing in the
Eliyahu anointing, and so sends its agents to try to destroy them
in one way or the other. Discouragement is a primary trick of
the enemy. It worked o Eliyahu, and it works on Yahuweh’s
Eliyahu company of today.
The attacks of the enemy on the mind and body of these set-
apart ones is intense, for the enemy wants to silence them
from speaking forth the Word in power.
They have been assaulted with poverty and constant struggling.
Yet through it all, they have learned total dependency on the
Father. They have learned that He is faithful and to be totally
trusted with everything, including their lives.
They have been assaulted with doubts, depression, and even
despair. As with Eliyahu, they have wanted to die many times.
But, the faithful Ruach has made sure they did not deviate
from their course too long. He has sent angels to minister to
them! As with Kepha, “Satan has desired to sift you as wheat,
but I have prayed for you that your faith fail not”. Yahushua,
the High Priest, intercedes for them before the Father to
29) Yahuweh, in His training of them has taken them through the
wilderness experience so that they will only “lean upon their
beloved”, and not lean on man for anything—for “vain is the help
of man”. (Song of Songs 8:5; Jeremiah 17:5-9)
Like all humans, they have the temptation to want to escape
the constant struggling by compromising His assignments. They
are tested constantly by Yahuweh to see if they will trust Him.
Deuteronomy 8:2-5: He leads us through harsh wilderness to:
a) humble us, b) to prove us, c) to know what is in our heart,
whether we will guard His commandments or not, to make us
know that “man does not live by bread alone, but by every
Word that comes from the mouth of Yahuweh”.
30) They have no interest whatsoever in being advanced in the
world system. It is foolishness to the Bridal remnant, and the
witnesses, and to the forerunning companies. They see the
Babel (the confusion by mixture) of the world system, and obey
the many verses in the Word to get out of it, and stay out of it.
They are not waiting for Elohim to knock them in the head with
a personal “word”, they are acting on His written Word!
Their lives are simple. They are adequately provided for, but
they do not seek to advance in the culture of Lucifer—
Greco/Roman culture. They enjoy the simplicity of Hebrew
cultural standards. To them, Ja’cobs words in 4:4 say it best:
To be a friend of the world is to be an enemy of Elohim. People
want to advance, have security, and be self-satisfied in this
world—and they do not know Him who is coming to destroy their
security, destroy all they have built in this world, and destroy
them, if they hold onto it!
31) They spend much time in His presence, and do not go out to do
anything without consulting Him. They don’t go “shopping”.
They are “under orders”, on constant “assignment” for the King
of Kings and His Kingdom. Their life is not theirs to control!
Therefore, life for them is a step-by-step walk. They do not
watch, see, read, anything, listen to anything, look at anything,
or say anything, or do anything outside of His OK. They are
Like Noah, to the world of his day, these set-apart ones do not
look “normal”—because they are not normal by the world’s
32) They are well-trained and highly disciplined soldiers. (II
Timothy 2:3-4) They understand “hardship” and embrace it.
They are not afraid of suffering. They are not like the western
Christians who chant: “We don’t have to suffer; nothing’s going
to happen to us”.
The set-apart ones are Joel 1 people—not afraid to wear
The reason they don’t wear actual burlap clothes is for the
same reason they don’t carry banners that say “The end of
the world is near”, or “Repent or Perish!”. They do not draw
attention to themselves! They stay hidden in Him, until He
reveals them. Messiah Yahushua does not call us to get
caught up in emotional “causes”—to carry placards and
demonstrate for the rights of the “underdog”. He did not tell
His disciples to stand up and protest Roman rule. We are not
called to lead coups or rebellions. His ways are not the ways
off man. But, when evil attacks us, we can resist it. If it
were not for the stand of the Maccabees, we wouldn’t have
the Torah today. He tells us how to stand up against wrong.
He tells us when to speak out and when to be quiet. The two
witnesses don’t go looking for trouble, but when it attacks,
they counter-attack. He calls us to intercede and by His
power declare changes into the earth, as He directs.
There are thousands of good causes in the earth—but those
who know His Word, know what He is allowing and what to
stand up against. This takes very wise discernment from the
spirit, not from the soul-realm. Unless we are led by the
Spirit, the anti-messiah spirit will wear us out—doing things
He puts in our path to sidetrack us! Beware!
33) These set-apart ones know the “fellowship of His sufferings”,
and walk in great compassion towards His set-apart ones who
who are suffering. The witnesses are a great encouragement
to the Bridal ones who have to remain on earth during the
entire 3 and 1/2 years, and thus see all the horrors of
nuclear holocaust, and the savagery done to His people by
sadistic Satanists, without being able to do anything about it.
34) The Bridal remnant gives comfort and consolation to the
dying–to the martyrs, to those of the two companies who
are suffering. They are always looking for ways to help the
suffering of Messiah’s people scattered throughout the
world now, being imprisoned, being tortured, being
humiliated, being publicly killed, leaving families to starve
and die for lack of help. The true Bridal remnant doesn’t
think of herself, she thinks of what is hurting the
Bridegroom—from the simplest Christian in China, to the
strongest ones that are suffering inside. She is self-less.
She’s not “lily-livered”—she can look at the bodies of the
set-apart ones who have been beheaded, tortured, and
horribly murdered and not be emotionally or intellectually
turned off or swayed to hate or bitterness. She has control
over her emotions. She can pray for their families they left
behind, and for the remnant that is going to die.
35) She has a passion for the remnant of His people–to see to
their needs in all ways—now and in the future. The
preparation of the remnant is her life. She wants to save
as many as possible from receiving the great deceptions
now on the earth. She wants to rescue as many as possible
from the flames of eternal fire.
36) Because the witnesses and the Bridal remnant are humble
servants, they are in and out of the areas where He is
protecting His people—either in Edom and Moab, in the
modern-day Jordanian wilderness–Daniel 11:41; Revelation
12:6, 14, 17, etc.–or who are hidden in the great tunnels
that run beneath the City of David and the Temple Mount
and other areas around Jerusalem. These in Edom
and Jerusalem are the overcoming ones, who endure to the
end, through the tribulation period–Revelation 2 and 3,
These are the patient ones of Revelation 12:17 and 14:12—
those having the witness of Messiah Yahushua and guarding
the commandments of Yahuweh.
37) Eternal lives will be faltering, and these witnesses and the
Bridal company will hold their hands in love, supplying them
with the inner strength to endure to the end. They will
minister to those about to be martyred. They will minister
to those who do not take the mark, and so are in severe
danger of being arrested and killed.
During the time of the anti-messiah, they will minister to
the Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego people who refuse to
bow to the world ruler, and so will suffer the consequences.
(Daniel 3) Many of these will escape because of their trust
in Him. It is said of the Apostle Yohanan that they boiled
him in oil, and tried all other means to kill him, but could
not. As with the three Hebrew men, Yohanan is a picture of
the Bridal remnant, who may undergo severe testing, as did
the three Hebrews, but they come out without smelling like
Fire purifies. Our Master said He would baptize us in fire
and the Ruach ha Kodesh. His fire is not problems that
come on us because of our own decisions. His fire comes
because we are being purged of all dross in order to be
“vessels of honor”. (I Corinthians 10-15) Much of the fire is
because we are doing what Yahuweh has told us to do, and
are thus being persecuted for “righteousness sake”.
Pure gold is heated to such a high temperature, that the
dross floats to the top and is skimmed off, and the
reflection of the goldsmith is seen in the pure gold.
Even now, the Bridal remnant is at work constantly to
encourage, to comfort, to warn, to build up and exhort, and
to prepare the set-apart ones for the coming tribulation
before Messiah returns. All of us should now be involved in
Isaiah 40:1—comforting His people, helping them come
home from the nations (aliyah), assisting the poor, the
orphan, the widow, the homeless, as He leads us.
37) The two witnesses never have the privilege of being hidden,
and so are open and vulnerable the whole 3 ½ years. But,
the Bridal remnant—which are a part of the forerunning
companies—need to find protection for the worst of the
tribulation, and so are allowed to enter Edom for a festival
cycle–a cycle of moed’im—Revelation 12:14. The two
witnesses continue their fervor in the face of the anti-
messiah, until they are murdered.
So, there are two separations that occur during the last
3 ½ years:
A.) The Forerunning companies divide into either
martyrs, those who die as a result of war, or the Bridal
B.) The Bride separates from the witnesses to go into the
place of safety for the remaining year.
It is this Bridal remnant in the Petra area of Edom (Mt.
Seir) who are mentioned in Isaiah 21:6-12 and Isaiah 52:6-
10, who declare the fall of Babylon into the earth!
These are the watchmen who proclaim the fall of end-time
Babylon, who rejoice as they see eye to eye the return of
Messiah! Their whole life has been to declare His Word, so
the last Word proclaimed before the return of Messiah is
put into the mouths of the Bridal remnant—who say to the
cities of Judah, “Your Elohim Reigns!”
This Bridal remnant and the remnant in Petra, the remaining
Jewish remnant who receive Messiah at His coming, too, are
all overcoming ones–those who have endured to the end,
and thus will be delivered and rewarded (Revelation
chapters 2 and 3). The martyrs will be raised to rule and
reign with Him. And the Bride will proceed to her wedding.
38) The witnesses, who dress in sackcloth (burlap) to show
their suffering, the entire 3½ years, are a sign to the world
of Yahuweh’s and Yahushua’s suffering for each person.
They are Joel 1 type priests who mourn. The Bride is a
testimony of endurance to the set-apart ones of Yahuweh
and Yahushua, to encourage them to overcome and endure.
They do not wear anything conspicuous, but are “clothed in
humility”. She is the one who is patient until the end,
knowing that He will deliver her.
“Those that endure to the end will be delivered”–Matthew
24:13; Revelation 14:12. The Bride stands with His people;
the witnesses stand with the Bride, but their ministry is
directed to thwarting the plans of the anti-messiah. They
are united, yet their work is different.
39) The witnesses literally have the power to release the
plagues of Yahuweh onto the earth. The plagues are
reminiscent of the drought brought on by Eliyahu’s
judgment, and the first plague brought on by
Moses’ judgment before Pharaoh. (I Kings 17:1; 18:41-45;
Ja’cob 5:17-18; Revelation 11:6) Moses turned water into
blood—Exodus 7:17; Revelation 11:6. The plagues of the
tribulation period match the ten plagues sent on Egypt.
Like the Egyptian plagues discredited different gods of
Egypt, so these plagues are designed to judge the
gods of the modern world. (I wrote a comparison of the
plagues of Egypt and the tribulation plagues, ask if you’d
like to have this).
40) The two witnesses are the two olive trees, and the lamp
stands that represent the two houses of the whole house of
Jacob. Notice that those grafted into the olive tree are
olive branches. In Romans 11:16-18 Paul is talking to the
House of Israel who became wild (yet an olive tree) and
were being grafted into the domestic tree (Judah)
by faith in Messiah. According to an Israeli horticulturist,
it takes three days for a wild olive shoot to take hold, graft,
into a domestic tree. We are in the third day since
Messiah’s birth, and so the wild shoots are now taking hold
of the tree of Israel once again–whose root is
Elohim–and are returning to the Torah of Yahuweh.
The witnesses and Bridal remnant help to unite the Torah
and the belief in Messiah among both the house of Judah
and the House of Israel. Thus they assist with the coming
together of the two sticks into His hand—Ezekiel 37:15-28.
41) Revelation 11:4 and Zechariah 4:2-3, 11-14: These are the
two of Zechariah 4, who pour oil from themselves into
the lamp stands—the menorah’s–which symbolize the
congregations of the believers. Therefore, part of their
ministry is to bring His set-apart ones into the place of
safety during the 3 ½ years. Oil pours through them.
“You anoint my head with oil, my cup runs over” (Psalm 23:5)
“See how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell
together in unity—like the precious oil on the head, running
down on the beard, the beard of Aaron…” (Psalm 133:1-2)
“Anointing” means: “a smearing of grease or oil”.
Isaiah 10:27: “And in that day, it hall be that his burden is
removed from your shoulder and his yoke from your neck,
and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing
oil”. The Hebrew picture is of oxen yoked with yokes that
they cannot bear, that rub their necks and cause pain. By
greasing up the ox’s neck, the painful yoke can slide to the
42) Eliyahu comes to restore all things (Malachi 4:4-6) and
return Yahuweh’s children to their fathers—Abraham, Isaac
and Jacob through the teaching of the Torah. He comes to
restore Torah to earthy fathers, so that they can teach
their children the Torah, and restore children to their
earthly fathers, so they will listen to Torah and obey it.
This is also the message of the Eliyahu forerunning company,
as well as drawing a clear line of separation—between the
worship of Yahuweh or the world ruler. Eliyahu calls the
world’s people to deny the “mark of the beast”, to repent
and turn to the salvation of Yahuweh through Messiah
Yahushua. Set-apartness to Yahuweh is the message—
obedience, and submission to Him. This unites the Eliyahu
and Zadok companies who forerun the witnesses. The Bridal
remnant is among these companies, and unites them,
“networks” them as the Spirit leads.
Messiah asks an unusual question in Luke 18:8: “When the Son
of man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
“Faith” in Hebrew understanding is obedience to His Torah,
as a demonstration that your faith in the Jewish Messiah is
Without the Torah in the earth, there is no hope. Yahushua
is the living Torah. Without adherence to the Covenant of
Yahuweh—Torah—there is no faith. To deny the Torah,
therefore, is to deny the Messiah. A world without His
teachings and instructions is a world in chaos. Without the
presence of Yahuweh’s eternal Kingdom Torah in the
earth, the earth will be taken over totally by lawlessness,
which is sin, and He will have no entrance into it anymore. He
will have to destroy it totally.
Malachi 4:4-6: In the midst of the fires of tribulation, this
prophecy exhorts: “Remember the Torah of Moses, My
servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel—laws
and right rulings. See, I am sending you Eliyahu the prophet
before the coming of the great and awesome day of Yahuweh.
If Moses is the other witness, you can see how they work
together to restore the Torah, and to protect those who
guard the Torah, so that it is not lost from the earth.
Moses, of course, is responsible to keep what Yahuwah gave
him in the earth, in the face of a world ruler bent on
destroying it from the earth!
43) The two witnesses are intercessors before the throne of
Yahuweh for His remnant people. As priests, they
intercede for the deliverance of the whole house of
Jacob—all the tribes. They stand “in the gap” between the
forces of the enemy and Yahuweh’s judgment, even as
Moses did in Exodus 32.
44) Isaiah 40:3: They are voices in the wilderness crying:
“Prepare the way for Yahuweh”. They make straight in the
desert (the Arabah—the area between Israel and Jordan
from the Red Sea north to the base of the Dead Sea), a
highway for Elohim. They walk on the King’s Highway, as
does the Bridal remnant—the real King’s Highway that runs
from the Port of Aqaba through Petra onward to Amman.
Isaiah 35:8: “And a highway shall be there, and it shall be
called `the way of set-apartness’….”
45) One chief characteristic of the 144,000, the Bride, is
unswerving loyalty/faithfulness to the Bridegroom. See
Revelation 14:1-5 for the characteristics of the “first
fruits” to Yahuweh—the 144,000 marked remnant. These
are seen on Mt. Zion—having been the first – “first fruits”
of the resurrection – into His chupah—Bridal chamber for
seven days—before the guests and attendant come to
the marriage feast.
The number 144,000 is plural—so not exact numbering—but is the same group who spend eternity before
Yahuweh, in the presence of their Bridegroom, in the
Heavenly City–Revelation 22:3-5, 11. They are the only
ones who see Yahuweh’s face.
46) Though the Apostles rule in the Kingdom over the twelve tribes of Jacob, (Matthew 19:28-29) though the witnesses and the prophets of Yahuweh have been loyal to Him, these are considered “the friends of the Bridegroom”. John 3:29—Yohanan the baptiser calls himself a “friend of the Bridegroom”—an attendant. The Apostles are called “friends” of Messiah. These are the “Kings of the earth”. (Revelation 21:24-26) These are His ambassadors in the earth. They are the administrators over the earth’s people. They are given much authority because they have been found worthy.
47) There are so many other points to bring out as to the
nature of A.) the witnesses, B.) the bridal remnant, C.)
the forerunning companies, and D) the set-apart ones
that remain in Edom during the 3 ½ years following the
world fleeing. Many of these will die, but some will stay
They are in all states of health—physical, mental and
emotional, and spiritual. They are in a U.N. prison, which is
“hell on earth”. During the time of the anti-messiah’s
worst, when the Bridal remnant is with this remnant in
Edom/Petra, they will encourage each other. It is about
this time that many have had dreams of being in Petra—
they are those who will escape alive and live there for 3 ½
years until the end.
As per Isaiah 33:14-17, the Bridal remnant in particular
is set apart, and will not purposely look on sin–so even
today, CANNOT watch T.V programming or read romance
novels or murder mysteries, enjoy radio music that is not
of Yahuhsua, read magazines involved with worldly things,
laugh at what the world laughs at, go to movies that world
calls “good”, go to the world’s “church” services and listen
to conversations, music and sermons, that include
deceptions, lies and worldliness. She won’t run to meetings
to hear the latest prophet or teacher.
She’s bored by what the worldly believers find fascinating.
She speaks the “oracles of Elohim” or she keeps quiet.
She stays enclosed until He releases her for His purposes.
She can’t be a part of the world, period! It disgusts her!
She’s not a part of the whore system!
She has come out of Babylon—and is free from its mixture
of good and evil.
FINAL NOTES for CLARIFICATION
The witnesses: These are two human men empowered by the Ruach Yahuweh. They are priests, thus they stand for, and intercede for, the remnant of the two houses of Judah and Israel/Ephraim/Joseph. They assist in preserving this remnant of both houses, which Messiah is bringing together into one (Ezekiel 37). When their course is finished, they die in a street of Jerusalem. They have special powers from Yahuweh to keep them alive until the appointed time of their death just before Messiah’s return.
The Bridal Company: She comes from all the tribes and represents the
Bridegroom in the earth as His ambassador. She is pictured as the 144,000, but this number is symbolic and could mean more or less.
She is the only group that is marked and sealed for preservation through the whole tribulation. She is protected during the “day of Yahuweh”, and thus does not minister openly the whole 3 ½ years. She is the only one who is “abiding in the secret place”, and uses His Names and titles correctly, adhering to Torah out of love for her Beloved (for the Ten Commandments are the terms of her marriage covenant with her Bridegroom) to whom the promises of Psalm 91 are written. She cannot die, but is sustained by His power, and angelic protection. She is the only one who fits all the statements of Psalm 91. She is under direct orders from her Bridegroom, therefore is exclusive and hidden except to the witnesses, and members of Yahuweh’s companies.
The forerunning company: This company are those with the Eliyahu and Zadok anointing who are in the earth now to perform these directives for the Father. They may or may not be martyred. The Bridal remnant is hidden within these two companies. Yet, all the ones in these companies are not necessarily the Bride. They minister now, and into part of the tribulation time. But, their ministry is short because of the deaths of the set-apart ones whom they instruct. The forerunning company is comprised of people from all the tribes of Jacob. They are not marked or sealed for preservation. Most likely these are those of Revelation 7:9-17, whereas the Bridal remnant is Revelation 7:1-8.
The remnant from the world fleeing: These either die or are kept alive in Edom for 3 ½ years. There is a remnant who escapes from all the nations, and are kept as refugees in the U.N. refugee camp between Petra and Bosrah, in southern Jordan. This refugee camp has been planned and stocked since the early 1960’s at least, from about the time that Americans began planning for the great fleeing, and the Jewish ship owners in the Houston shipping channel began organizing to rescue fleeing people, especially Jews. These are in different stages of spiritual development, are in different stages of physical health, and in different stages of mental and emotional health. These are guests who are alive at His coming, or who die from the conditions of the harsh high desert of the Petra area.
I have talked to several friends who have had dreams of being in Petra during the 3 ½ years. Many will be Jews who have fled from Israel, or
Christians who have fled from Amman, and Lebanon, and Syria when Damascus was destroyed. This is a “mixed multitude”. At the very end, it also includes the most rich, most powerful people on the earth—Revelation 6:14-17—look at the lineup.
These are the primary groups of the end times that survive–plus the martyrs, those that die in war, by famine, by disease and biological warfare, or in nuclear holocaust, or those who take the mark of the world ruler and so sell their soul to Satan.
NOTES: Jewish tradition has always put the coming of Eliyahu at the Feast
of Passover. During the Seder Supper, a plate is set for Eliyahu, and children go looking for him at one point in the ceremony. The Jews know that Eliyahu is the forerunner of the Messiah. In Safed, Israel, the center of the occult, mystic kabala, Eliyahu is actually worshipped by many.
John (Yochanan) the baptizer was born at the Feast of Passover. Yochanan was the forerunner of the Suffering Servant Messiah. He preached repentance and turning to Yahuweh for salvation. This is the gospel of the Kingdom—“Repent, for the Kingdom of Elohim is at hand”.
Many thought Yochanan was Eliyahu. He lived in the spot where Eliyahu went into heaven in a whirlwind, on the east side of the Jordan River, at the headwaters of the Dead Sea by the Plains of Moab. Yochanan dressed like Eliyahu, wearing camel’s hair clothing to appear “hairy”, and wearing a leather belt. Eliyahu was a hairy man, who wore a leather belt, the Scriptures tell us (II Kings 1). Yochanan was full-blooded Levite, yet was a prophet. He stood for what was right and just, therefore, he was beheaded for standing for what was right in the face of what was wrong. He was uncompromising.
Yochanan was called “Eliyahu” by Yahushua Messiah. (Matthew 11:14) The Eliyahu to come will be the forerunner of the Messianic King.
The two witnesses appear at the Feast of Passover, when the anti-messiah sits on Yahuweh’s throne. The anti-messiah will come to take power, into Jerusalem, on the 10th of Aviv—to mock Yahushua’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It is on the 10th of Aviv that the witnesses begin their ministry. They are confrontational against the anti-messiah and false prophet from day one.
The gospel at the last of the tribulation is found in Revelation 14:5-6, and it
is preached by angels: “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue and people, saying with a loud voice, `Fear Elohim, and give glory to Him, for the
hour of His judgment has come: and worship Him that made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and the fountains of waters”.
Until then, we preach the good news of the Kingdom (Matthew 24:14-15)—NOTICE that the appearing of anti-messiah stops the preaching of this good news of the coming Kingdom of Messiah Yahushua.
The last great appeal of Yahuweh to man before he faces wrath, is that they
at least acknowledge Him as creator—but they would not. Their reaction to this is in Revelation 9:20-21: “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols or gold, silver and brass and stone, and of wood…Neither repented of their murders, nor of their drug sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”
Revelation 6:14-15 also describes the rulers of the earth—rather than repent, these mighty and rich people, and all with them, called for the rocks and mountains to fall on them to hide them from the “wrath of the Lamb” of Elohim.
Because of His heart of love—Yahuweh wants no one to perish. He wants everyone to have a clear choice, so at the great white throne judgment, when the books are opened, they can’t claim they were not told.
By this time, all believers will have fallen into one of four camps: 1) Those who have denied their faith in Him, and received the mark of the beast (this is called “the great falling away”—II Thessalonians 2:3; Revelation 3:1-5; 3:15-17), or 2) Those who have refused the mark of the beast and have been martyred, (represented by the assembly at Smyrna is Revelation 2:8-11, and Stephen, the first martyr, Acts 7:55-60), 3) Those who have died from war, famine, pestilence, the beasts of the earth, or natural causes, and 4) Those who are part of the marked remnant (represented by the assembly at Philadelphia–Revelation 3:7-13) or safely tucked into Edom, or the tunnels under Jerusalem.
The witnesses and their forerunning companies call for the keeping of the covenant sign of identification with Him—the weekly Shabbat, and the
Festivals of His choosing, the keeping of His dietary laws, and all that brings us separation and set-apartness to Him. For He says, “Be set-apart as I am
The two characteristics of the Bride mentioned several times in
Scripture are 1) She belongs to Messiah Yahushua, and 2) she guards the Torah of Yahuweh (Revelation 12;17; 14:12, etcetera).
She has no interest in the world system, doesn’t get involved with its shallowness, she stays hidden in Him. She speaks the oracles of Elohim because she has deep, rich relationship with Him. She doesn’t gossip, or slander, or advance an agenda by manipulation or control of deviousness. She does not wrong anyone, though she is wronged by many. She doesn’t retaliate for He is her defense. She’s just not like what is normal for women, or men who operate from their soul-realm—five senses, reason, and sin nature.
There are 1.9 to 2 billion people on planet earth that call themselves “Christians”—one billion are Roman Catholics. The Bridal remnant is less than 1% of 2 billion—which is 2 million. The Bible says 144,000s—out of 6.4 billion people on planet earth. She is not a part of the Christian or Messianic religions, but she is set-apart as the early assemblies of the Apostles who followed the Nazarene. She represents all the tribes of Jacob—two from Joseph—total 13. The Bridal remnant is scattered over the earth. Each member will probably only find another member when the tribulation begins. He will unite them in twos and threes most likely. This is why she feels so lonely—isolated at times—for she is. The only Friend and Companion she often has is the Spirit of the Father. This is why she depends on Him for everything—for all her needs in all ways. He is her life. She wants blamelessly before Him on this earth, before the resurrection. She has been so purged of “self” that her mind does not think like others think.
The job of the witnesses, and the witness companies is to prepare the
world for Yahuweh’s final judgment, and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth.
The good news of the last days is: “Whosoever calls upon the Name of Yahuweh shall be saved”. (Acts 2:21 and Romans 10:13)
In Isaiah 43:11, Yahuweh says: “Besides Me there is no savior”. The Name Yahushua means: Yahuweh is salvation!
By this time, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, or any other
man-made religion will not remain on the earth, except by those who continue to worship the “beast”—the lawless one—the man of sin—the anti-messiah.
All religion will be destroyed. The great whore, the Vatican, will have been burned with fire.
We are in the final days…and so we must “batten down the hatches” and secure ourselves firmly in Yahuweh and Yahushua and do what we can while it is “day”, “for the night comes when no man can work”. We must work on our heavenly reward and position now.
He will require of us what He has given to us to multiply for Him. The good servants will hear: “Well done, good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over little, but I will make you faithful over much, enter into the joy of your Master”. (Matthew 25:14-30) The lawless ones will hear: “Depart from Me, I never knew you, you who are without the Torah”. (Matthew 7:21-23)
I leave with you more study on this subject, as the Spirit leads and teaches.
Blessings and Shalom as you watch, pray, and work for His Kingdom,
May 8, 2005
Revised: October 22,, 2007