The Holy Spirit explains the mystery and spiritual significance of the 144 000 firstfruit sons of Israel.
Sons and Heirs
26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Israel’s Rejection and God’s Purpose
6 But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel,
7 nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.”
☆ 8 That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.
9 For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son.”
10 And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac 11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), 12 it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”
Israel’s Rejection and God’s Justice.
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! 15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” 16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.
21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, 24 which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar— 25 for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children— 26 but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. 27 For it is written:
“Rejoice, O barren,
You who do not bear!
Break forth and shout,
You who are not in labor!
For the desolate has many more children
Than she who has a husband.”
28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 29 But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. 30 Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.” 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free.
Genesis 48 and Genesis 49 must first be read as the foundation of this prophecy to see and understand how the mystery unfolds.
The Holy Spirit gave the following prophecy through J Leland Earls.
“Have you considered the mystery of the sons of Israel, says the Lord?
Reuben was the first-born, but because of his sin the birthright was taken away from him. Simeon was the second, but he failed to hear the Word of the Lord therefore it was not given to him. Even so through all of the sons until we come to Joseph. Joseph was one who feared the Lord and walked in His ways, therefore was the birthright given to him.
☆ Is not this to show you, says the Lord, that the birthright is not reckoned according to lineal descent but according to spiritual worth?
And does it not show that my favor is upon those who fear me and seek my face?
For I say to you, only those who look to me and trust in me, making me their guide and stay, shall be given the double portion which is the inherent right of the first-born.
And what is this double portion says the Lord?
Is it not first an abundant entrance into the eternal kingdom of your God, and secondly is it not an inheritance among those who shall rule and reign as co-heirs of the heavenly realm, sitting also in judgment on the angels who have been ministering spirits, and who shall continue to minister to the Inheritors, says the Lord? For this is the double portion given to the first-born.
But I say, the first-born is not that of the physical, but that of the spiritual.
It is even that which is spoken of in the Word as the ‘church of the first-born’ (Heb. 12:23). The first-born are those who shall first enter into eternal life and then into the glories of the heavenly kingdom. For theirs shall be a realm that is much higher than those who shall dwell on the earth.
For those who shall dwell on the earth have only one portion, even eternal life. But those who shall dwell in the upper realms of the heavenly kingdom and glory will be invested with the double portion of not only eternal life but also the heavenly glory. And they shall also have the double power of living in the heavenly or manifesting on the earthly, for doubly blessed are they and double is their portion.
For [those] who shall live on earth in the coming kingdom, even though they will not die, will not have attained to the realm of the first-born church, and thus they will be limited to the earthly sphere. But I say, if they are diligent and seek me with their whole heart and obey my every word, then they too shall eventually come into the heavenly kingdom and inherit a double portion, though it will not be of the same glory as those who have preceded them.
Does not the scripture say that the glory of the earthly is not the glory of the heavenly, and that even in the heavenly glory one star differs from another in glory and all are not equal? (I Cor. 15:40-41). So shall there be many realms even in the heavenly, and one realm will be of greater glory than another.
Now consider further that which is shown in the sons of Jacob-Israel. As Reuben was ‘unstable as water,’ (Gen. 49:4), so does this show the instability of those who first believe in me but do not continue to ‘hear’ my Word which is the meaning of Simeon, and who do not ‘adhere’ to me which is the meaning of Levi, and who do not show forth my ‘praise’ which is the meaning of Judah.
Even so do they lose out and forfeit both the earthly and the heavenly inheritance. But those who will ‘hear’ and ‘adhere’ to me, even cleaving to their Lord and Savior, shall come into possession of the birthright in its first phase which is eternal life. But this life is only of the earthly inheritance and does not provide for an entrance into the heavenly realm.
This is not reached until we come to Judah who was the father of the royal tribe and the father of the royal seed of David. Even so I say to you, if you will let me pour out on you my Spirit that you might become to me a ‘praise’ in the earth, and if you will seek me diligently and walk in my ways as did David my servant, then will I raise you up to the throne to rule and reign with me, even on David’s throne.
For just as Judah was the father of David, even so am I the father and keeper of all those who are making themselves ready to receive the crown of glory which shall be given in that day when I come to reward all who have been faithful to me, says the Lord.
And now consider further, says the Lord. As the scepter belonged to Judah and the birthright belonged to Joseph, so shall those I raise up to myself be invested with both the double inheritance of Joseph and the ruling scepter of Judah.
And did not Joseph have a younger brother called Benjamin?
And was not Benjamin born in the promised land?
Even so does Benjamin picture the coming day or age when my people shall enter into their birthright Inheritance whether that be of the earthly or of the heavenly.
Those who receive the double portion and enter into the heavenly shall, like the name ‘Benjamin’ implies, be seated at my right hand as sons of glory to rule and reign with me. Now is the time to give thyself diligently to me that I might make you rulers together with me in my own realm. For many are called but few are chosen.
Yes, many are called, but few give themselves diligently to make their calling and election sure. (II Peter 1:10). So give diligence, my people, if you would be among those to receive the double portion inheritance and also the scepter of rulership with me, says the Lord.
Did not Joseph the birthright holder have two sons? Even so do these two sons represent the two types of inheritance of those who shall be received of me into my kingdom.
The first, Manasseh, represents those who shall enter the earthly inheritance, for Joseph said when Manasseh was born, ‘God has caused me to forget my former trials.’ Even so do those who receive eternal life forget their past sins and past life and look to their Lord who forgives all the past and causes them to receive the gift of eternal life.
And then Ephraim, which means ‘double fruitfulness’ represents those who receive the additional benefit of the heavenly inheritance. For they have brought forth fruits, not just to receive eternal life, but that fruit of the Spirit necessary to qualify them to be the overcomers who shall inherit the heavenly kingdom.
Even so my people, if you will give yourself wholly to me, I will bring forth fruit in your life to the double portion of Ephraim, and you shall inherit my glory, says the Lord.
Again you will notice that Manasseh was the first-born, but Ephraim was placed ahead of Manasseh. Even so shall those who enter the heavenly kingdom be placed ahead of those who enter the earthly, says the Lord.”
(end of prophesy)
31 “At the same time,” says the Lord, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.”
2 Thus says the Lord:
“The people who survived the sword
Found grace in the wilderness—
Israel, when I went to give him rest.”
3 The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
4 Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt,
O virgin of Israel!
You shall again be adorned with your tambourines,
And shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice.
5 You shall yet plant vines on the mountains of Samaria;
The planters shall plant and eat them as ordinary food.
☆ 6 For there shall be a day
When the watchmen will cry on Mount Ephraim, ‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion,
To the Lord our God.’” (THIS ASSIGNMENT WAS GIVEN TO ME AND A PASTOR AND HIS WIFE IN FULFILMENT AND CONFIRMATION OF THIS PROPHECY. Father said “you go from this place into the Valley of decision spoken of in Joel 3, and you bring the rest of My people to this mountain. See also Micah 4 and Isaiah 2. GOD’S EPHRAIM COMPANY OF FIRSTFUITS ARE HIS END-TIME KINGDOM FORERUNNERS)
7 For thus says the Lord:
“Sing with gladness for Jacob,
And shout among the chief of the nations;
Proclaim, give praise, and say,
‘O Lord, save Your people,
The remnant of Israel!’
8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country,
And gather them from the ends of the earth,
Among them the blind and the lame,
The woman with child
And the one who labors with child, together;
A great throng shall return there.
9 They shall come with weeping,
And with supplications I will lead them.
I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters, In a straight way in which they shall not stumble;
☆ For I am a Father to Israel,
And Ephraim is My firstborn.
(GOD SHOWED ME THROUGH A PROPHETIC ENCOUNTER HOW THESE FIRSTFUITS SPIRITUAL SONS AND DAUGHTERS ARE PURSUING GOD INTO HIS MOUNTAIN AND SHALL BE THE FIRST TO BREAK THROUGH INTO HIS MOUNTAINTOP GLORY REALM. THESE ARE THOSE WHO STAND WITH THE LAMB IN REVELATION 14)
10 “Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,
And declare it in the isles afar off, and say,
‘He who scattered Israel will gather him,
And keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’
11 For the Lord has redeemed Jacob,
And ransomed him from the hand of one stronger than he.
12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion,
Streaming to the goodness of the Lord—
For wheat and new wine and oil,
For the young of the flock and the herd;
Their souls shall be like a well-watered garden,
And they shall sorrow no more at all.
13 “Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance,
And the young men and the old, together;
For I will turn their mourning to joy,
Will comfort them,
And make them rejoice rather than sorrow.
14 I will satiate the soul of the priests with abundance,
And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord.”
Mercy on Ephraim.
15 Thus says the Lord:
“A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation and bitter weeping,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted for her children,
Because they are no more.”
16 Thus says the Lord:
“Refrain your voice from weeping,
And your eyes from tears;
For your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord,
And they shall come back from the land of the enemy.
17 There is hope in your future, says the Lord,
That your children shall come back to their own border.
18 “I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself:
‘You have chastised me, and I was chastised,
Like an untrained bull;
Restore me, and I will return,
For You are the Lord my God.
19 Surely, after my turning, I repented;
And after I was instructed, I struck myself on the thigh;
I was ashamed, yes, even humiliated,
Because I bore the reproach of my youth.’
20 Is Ephraim My dear son?
Is he a pleasant child?
For though I spoke against him,
I earnestly remember him still;
Therefore My heart yearns for him;
I will surely have mercy on him, says the Lord.
21 “Set up signposts,
Set your heart toward the highway,
The way in which you went.
Turn back, O virgin of Israel,
Turn back to these your cities.
22 How long will you gad about,
O you backsliding daughter?
For the Lord has created a new thing in the earth—
A woman shall encompass a man.”
Future Prosperity of Judah.
23 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “They shall again use this speech in the land of Judah and in its cities, when I bring back their captivity: ‘The Lord bless you, O home of justice, and mountain of holiness!’ 24 And there shall dwell in Judah itself, and in all its cities together, farmers and those going out with flocks. 25 For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.”
26 After this I awoke and looked around, and my sleep was sweet to me.
27 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and the seed of beast. 28 And it shall come to pass, that as I have watched over them to pluck up, to break down, to throw down, to destroy, and to afflict, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, says the Lord. 29 In those days they shall say no more:
‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
And the children’s teeth are set on edge.’
30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity; every man who eats the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.
A New Covenant.
31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
35 Thus says the Lord,
Who gives the sun for a light by day,
The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night,
Who disturbs the sea,
And its waves roar
(The Lord of hosts is His name):
36 “If those ordinances depart
From before Me, says the Lord,
Then the seed of Israel shall also cease
From being a nation before Me forever.”
37 Thus says the Lord:
“If heaven above can be measured,
And the foundations of the earth searched out beneath,
I will also cast off all the seed of Israel
For all that they have done, says the Lord.
God’s Spiritual First-born firstfruits confirmed in
Acts 15:14 Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name. 15 And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written:
16 ‘After this I will return
And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down;
I will rebuild its ruins,
And I will set it up;
17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,
Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name,
Says the Lord who does all these things.’
18 “Known to God from eternity are all His works. 19 Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God,
Now read Revelation 14 and you shall see that during the time of the harvest, these firstfuits born of His Spirit shall be sent into the Joel 3 Valley of decision to reap a mighty harvest.
Also read Joel 2 and Isaiah 13 because it’s all the same army.
Remember the words of the Spirit in the prophecy “This is not reached until we come to Judah who was the father of the royal tribe and the father of the royal seed of David. Even so I say to you, if you will let me pour out on you my Spirit that you might become to me a ‘praise’ in the earth, and if you will seek me diligently and walk in my ways as did David my servant, then will I raise you up to the throne to rule and reign with me, even on David’s throne.”
God showed me a powerful vision of these royal sons on horseback, spoken in Zechariah 10, running full speed with Jesus and God declared “I AM COMING TO JUDGE THE CHURCH”
10 Ask the Lord for rain
In the time of the latter rain.
The Lord will make flashing clouds;
He will give them showers of rain,
Grass in the field for everyone.
2 For the idols speak delusion;
The diviners envision lies,
And tell false dreams;
They comfort in vain.
Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; They are in trouble because there is no shepherd.
3 “My anger is kindled against the shepherds,
And I will punish the goatherds.
For the Lord of hosts will visit His flock,
The house of Judah,
And will make them as His royal horse in the battle. 4 From him comes the cornerstone,
From him the tent peg,
From him the battle bow,
From him every ruler together.
5 They shall be like mighty men,
Who tread down their enemies
In the mire of the streets in the battle.
They shall fight because the Lord is with them,
And the riders on horses shall be put to shame.
6 “I will strengthen the house of Judah,
And I will save the house of Joseph.
I will bring them back,
Because I have mercy on them.
They shall be as though I had not cast them aside; For I am the Lord their God,
And I will hear them.
7 Those of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man,
And their heart shall rejoice as if with wine.
Yes, their children shall see it and be glad;
Their heart shall rejoice in the Lord.
8 I will whistle for them and gather them,
For I will redeem them;
And they shall increase as they once increased.
9 “I will sow them among the peoples,
And they shall remember Me in far countries;
They shall live, together with their children,
And they shall return.
👆 Notice that the great commission shall be fulfilled through this army.
Also read Isaiah 66 which also speaks of God’s army and how they shall be sent to reap a mighty harvest.