Wednesday, April 16, 2014

When Will the Lawless One be Revealed? Fifth Installment

This installment is part of the work of updating Part 2 of The Sign for the Bride, one of the core studies on You can find the study being updated here: When Will the Lawless One be Revealed? (The Sign for the Bride - Part 2).
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The dramatic revealing of the lawless one will create a crisis that makes the matter of identifying the Messiah urgent and unavoidable for all people everywhere. When the natural olive branch that will first come to acceptance finds themselves thrust into this critical situation, their attention will be brought fully to bear upon the issue that is paramount. The newly revealed man's claim to the Messianic throne will be brought forth with an irresistible force of conviction and a wealth of irrefutable evidence, and this fraud will be cloaked with such impenetrable supernatural delusion that only a singular small wild olive branch will be immune to the lie. But everything rides on this situation, and the very precious natural branch, numbering 144,000 members in total, will have been made ready for this moment. They will know the God of their fathers well, the I AM, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Here's the thing. One key element will have been withheld from them. His alter identity, which the small wild olive branch knows. Still awake and sober, with plenty of oil and their lamps trimmed to burn most brightly, these virgins will be shining the light on the hoax, pouring out their lives as a witness in the midst of clamoring opposition and severe persecution. Their willingness to be sacrificed in the bearing of this testimony attended by a demonstration of an unparalleled depth of insight, faith, hope and love will be a beacon of bright light piercing the blackest darkness of that day. They will have the attention of the natural branch, who will be able to identify with that little wild olive branch because of their plight, having stood against opposition and endured persecution. The natural branch will be so impressed with the evident relationship the wild branch has with their Lord Y'shua and Christ that they will be provoked to jealousy - and there's the hook. This jealousy. As they identify with the wild branch they will identify with their Y'shua and recognize Him as their own! Baruch haba B'Shem Adonai!

37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. 38 Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! 39 For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’” ~ Matthew 23:37-39

Paul knew how this was going to happen. He tipped us off in when he cryptically revealed how jealousy would be the lever of operative influence.

13 But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14 if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them. ~ Romans 11:13-14

Paul ultimately gains the honor of moving his fellow countrymen to jealousy. His ministry to the wild branches as their Apostle will provide for this motive force to become manifest in that critical season when the first ripe crop is readied for harvest.

The natural branch will know that the wild branch belongs to the natural Olive tree and is nourished by the root. They will receive their testimony that the highly exalted man who was just revealed and received by all the Rabbis, Catholics, Protestants, Messianics, Wiccans, practicers of Olympism, Muslims, Buddhists, agnostics, atheists and Luciferians alike, is an impostor. “Pope-a-dope. He's no High Priest!” Through the process of first revealing anti-baptism, Y'shua is revealed as the genuine! Bankers know that a counterfeit is identified through becoming intimately acquainted with the genuine. There is wisdom in that. Y'shua haMashiach will be recognized and accepted, who will be known to sit on the highest throne with all authority! In this epiphany wrought in the most carefully prepared crucible, the natural olive branch will perceive the sign as a brilliant object lesson that is modeled on the actual past and not some alternate version that will have been given a very clever spin.

This is why, during the meal in the upper room, Peter asked the disciple whom Jesus loved, “Tell us who it is of whom He is speaking.” Peter represents that small wild olive branch, and “the disciple whom Jesus loved” represents that natural branch. The reason why Peter poses the key question to that disciple is because the time comes for this natural branch to discover the answer for themselves. Peter didn't ask the Lord directly because the wild olive branch will prompt the natural branch to make this inquiry in a most engaging manner. This engagement is a mission-critical operation. How does the natural branch disciple respond to Peter's challenging prompt? He doesn't dismiss Peter with an admission that he doesn't have a clue. He doesn't offer a guess. What he does do is really a very big deal. He asks Jesus, directly, even addressing Him as “Lord.” Think about it. And the answer is then provided through the symbolic demonstration of the baptism that reveals.

When we consider the exact expression used to make reference to this natural branch, hon egapa ho Iesous, we find one other occurrence in the biblical text, and this makes a most pertinent connection to John 21's parallel account.

23 There was reclining on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24 So Simon Peter gestured to him, and said to him, “Tell us who it is of whom He is speaking.” 25 He, leaning back thus on Jesus’ bosom, said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” ~ John 13:23-25

The other occurrence is in the context of an equally astounding dramatic example!

Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put his outer garment on (for he was stripped for work), and threw himself into the sea. ~ John 21:7

At Peter's challenge to identify who will betray Jesus at the meal, this disciple poses the question to Jesus: “Lord, who is it?” Then the baptism that reveals unfolds in response to the inquiry, with the dipped sop and its recipient in view, certainly, but there is the agent performing the demonstration who is responsible for the activity, the Lord Himself. Subsequent to that, in recognizing the Lord Himself this disciple gives the report back to Peter. “It is the Lord.” Mystery solved! That's the deeper answer beyond the more immediate answer! When they properly identify the lawless one, in connection with that insight, the “legal one” who represents the fulfillment of the law.

This is the story behind Roman's 11's first prune and graft operation, where “their acceptance” means “life from the dead.” This explains why the revealing of the lawless one is the sign that is linked directly to the gathering to the Lord! It's like the catalyst for the trigger. When that natural branch clearly identifies this Judas and discerns which messianic contender is fake and which one is real, the criteria for the harvest of that wild branch is met.

51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

Each of the harvests in sequence will follow this pattern, and despite the latter day hijacking attempt, this is not a “Christians only” event owned by banner flying pre-trib rapture-ites. The first harvest isn't for the reaping of every last crop in the field but for that which is first ripe to be gathered in. This Judas is betrayed as the betrayer in connection with the first of three pilgrimage and harvest festivals on the Lord's holy day schedule of appointments. Following the supper in the upper room, the Lord and his disciples cross over to the Mount of Olives and into the Garden of Gethsemane where they are selectively separated into three companies. This was revealed to me as a demonstration of separation by resurrection, sequenced according to the prophetic holy day calendar but where the first shall be last. As with the harvesting of crops in sequence, the first natural branch to be grafted back in to the Olive Root is not every last natural branch but just that which is appointed for this season, a cross-section sample of 12,000 from each tribe as a firstfruits.

So, how does this sequencing fit with the popular theory that the Spring Feasts were already fulfilled at Jesus' first advent and that the Fall Feasts will be fulfilled at His second coming? It doesn't. The blind lead the blind, and they both fall into the ditch. If you're still walking with them and you're no longer blind, it's time to turn away or shortly share their fate.

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More to follow, Lord willing.

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