The time of Jacob’s Trouble.
To say that the time of Jacob’s trouble is only for Israel is to deny God’s ordained plan in His 1 NEW MAN by which He united Jew and Gentile through the work of the cross.
Ephesians 2:11 Therefore remember, that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off are made near by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; to make in himself of two one new man, so making peace;
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
17 And came and preached peace to you who were afar off, and to them that were near.
18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
19 Now therefore you are no more strangers and sojourners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto a holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom you also are built together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.
In Genesis 48 Jacob literally makes the sign of the cross by crossing his arms and hands to bless the 2 boys prophetically according to God’s plan.
Jacob puts Ephraim the younger son (THE GENTILES) before Manasseh the older (THE JEWISH PEOPLE) because through the Gospel it is said that Ephraim becomes God’s FIRSTBORN SON through Israel’s hardening until the full number of the Gentiles comes in.
Manasseh was the NATURAL FIRSTBORN son but that day God put the younger son Ephraim before the oldest SPIRITUALLY according to His plan.
Genesis 48:8 And Israel beheld Joseph’s sons, and said, Who are these?
9 And Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God has given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray you, unto me, and I will bless them.
10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them.
11 And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see your face: and, lo, God has showed me also your descendants.
12 And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near unto him.
14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands knowingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.
15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God who fed me all my life long unto this day,
16 The Angel who redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be perpetuated in them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
17 And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head.
18 And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put your right hand upon his head.
19 And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.
20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In you shall Israel bless, saying, God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
So let’s continue to examine Jacob’s blessing by taking a careful look at the latter half of verse 19 where he prophesies that Ephraim “will become a group of nations”.
Other translations will say “a multitude of nations” or “grow into many nations“.
Well, instead of messing around with the English, let’s take a look at the original Hebrew.
The original Hebrew is “melo ha goyim“.
Literally speaking, this means “the fullness of the Gentiles“.
After they finished speaking, James replied, “Brothers, listen to me. Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them a people for His name. And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written, “‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it, that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the Lord, who makes these things known from of old.’ ‘
Romans 9:24 Even us, whom He has called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
25 As He says also in Hosea, I will call them My people, who were not My people; and her beloved, who was not beloved.
26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, You are not My people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit,
2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:
4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertains the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;
5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
6 Not as though the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel, who are of Israel:
7 Neither, because they are the descendants of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall your descendants be called.
8 That is, They who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the descendants.
1 I say then, Has God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the descendants of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
2 God has not cast away his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the scripture says of Elijah? how he makes intercession to God against Israel, saying,
3 Lord, they have killed your prophets, and dug down your altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
4 But what says the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
7 What then? Israel has not obtained that which it seeks for; but the election has obtained it, and the rest were blinded
8 (According as it is written, God has given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
9 And David says, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumbling block, and a recompense unto them:
10 Let their eyes be darkened that they may not see, and bow down their back always.
11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, to provoke them to jealousy.
25 For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles comes in.
26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but concerning the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.
29 For the gifts and calling of God are unchangeable.
30 For as you in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
32 For God has concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
During the time of Jacob’s Trouble we see how watchmen from the mountain of Ephraim leads the way to Zion which is the Kingdom of God and we see how God calls Ephraim His FIRSTBORN SON ACCORDING TO THE ELECTION OF GRACE THROUGH THE CROSS AND THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.
6 For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God.
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, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travails with child together: a great company shall return there.
9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I 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.
10 Hear the word of the LORD, O you nations, and declare it in the coastlands afar off, and say, He that 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 him that was stronger than he.
12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for grain, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.
13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
14 And I will fill to the full the soul of the priests with abundance, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, says the LORD.
15 Thus says the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.
16 Thus says the LORD; Restrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears: for your work shall be rewarded, says the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.
17 And there is hope in your end, says the LORD, that your children shall come again to their own border.
18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; You have chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: restore me, and I shall return; for you are the LORD my God.
19 Surely after I was turned, I repented; and after I was instructed, I struck myself upon the thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.
20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spoke against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my heart is troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, says the LORD.
21 Set up signposts, make yourself landmarks: set your heart toward the highway, even the way which you went: turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to these your cities.
22 How long will you go about, O you backsliding daughter? for the LORD has created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall protect a man.
23 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Yet again they shall use this speech in the land of Judah and in its cities, when I shall bring again 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 they that go forth with flocks.
25 For I have fully satisfied the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.
26 Upon this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet unto me.
27 Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast.
28 And it shall come to pass, that as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, says the LORD.
29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.
30 But everyone shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eats the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.
31 Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that 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 bring them out of the land of Egypt; my covenant which they broke, although I was a husband unto them, says the LORD:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, says the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, says the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
Consider the following prophecies given to us by the Father through J Leland Earls:
BINDING UP THE BREACH
“Shall I not come in this day, says the Lord, with My might and My power to show forth the glory of My presence in the midst of My people? Shall I not arise with healing in My wings? (Malachi 4:2). Shall I not give to My people that which they desire, even the fullness of My glory in this day? I say, I will give to My people that which makes them shine forth as the radiance of the sun. For as the sun does shine and give light and warmth to the earth, so shall I be as the rising of the sun in the midst of My people that they may give forth My light and My salvation in this day.
For I will cause My people to enter into new realms in Me, and they shall be clothed with My power and glory even as the glory of the sun. For do you not read that the woman in Revelation Chapter 12, verse 1, is clothed with the sun, and is this not a type of My Spiritual Power in your midst? And is it not written in Isaiah Chapter 30, verse 26, that in that day the light of the sun shall be seven times brighter? Even so shall I be in the midst of My people in this last day, as the light of the sun seven-fold. For My people who are trusting in Me, and who are coming into that which I have purposed, shall shine forth to the world seven times more glorious than that which has been. For seven is the number of My Church, and portrays My true body coming into the fullness of that which I have purposed.
And does it not say also that the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun? (Isaiah 30:26). I say to you, this portrays that time when a remnant of the chosen seed of Israel, even 144,000 of the physical descendants of Abraham now known as the Jewish people, shall turn to the Lord at the beginning of the tribulation period; for there is a double application to the sealing of the 144,000 of Revelation, Chapter 7. First there is the sealing of those Christians who shall be taken out as a first-fruits to their God. (Rev. 14:1-5). Then there shall be 144,000 Jews who will turn to the Lord and be sealed for a ministry during the tribulation period. Even so shall it be fulfilled that the light of the moon, which represents the reflective and distorted light of those yet under the rudiments of the law, shall become as the sun, which represents the light of the Christian Gospel.
Even so shall light shine forth seven-fold from My especially chosen, anointed company who have been prepared by Me; and also that which has only given forth the meager light of the moon – shall shine forth with the brilliance of the sun. And then shall it begin to be fulfilled that the breach of My people is bound up and the wound is healed (Isaiah 30:26). For even as I bring forth a body that is walking in the unity of My Spirit, so shall that breach which has divided My people be bound up; and even as they walk forth in the full liberty of their God, so shall that wound which has kept My people from walking in My full light and power be healed. Likewise shall the saying be fulfilled in My earthly people, the physical seed of Abraham; the breach which was made when I cast My people off shall be bound up as I receive a representative number to Myself. For as I cast them off in My anger so shall I draw them with great mercy to Myself, and the breach which has kept them cast off from My presence for an entire age shall begin to be bound up. For I will receive them says the Lord, and the wound which came on them because of their rejection of the Lord in human flesh shall also begin to be healed. For as they wounded Me, so have I wounded them, and they have wandered, unhealed throughout this age. But now I shall move, says the Lord, to heal them and restore them. And shall I not also heal the age-long enmity between Christian and Jew? Shall I not bind up the breach and make My people one in these last days? Shall I not take the stick of Ephraim and join it to the stick of Judah? (Ezekiel 37:16-19). Shall I not join the house of Israel which is represented by the nations of Christendom and join it to the house of Judah which is found today in that people known as the Jews? For truly I will bind up that brotherhood which was broken when My staff was cut asunder, even that time when the anointed Messiah was crucified. (Zech. 11:7-14). And shall I not once again take that which was beautiful in My hands, and bring it once again into its rightful place, that the brotherhood between the house of Israel and the house of Judah might be restored. I say, this I will do as I join together My people in this last day. And it shall be a time of great rejoicing as My people who call on My name are healed of their unbelief, and as they go forth to proclaim My truth; and also that anointed company of overcomers which I am now raising up shall speak forth My truth in power.
And the light of that day shall be glorious, as the seven-fold light of the sun or My chosen body shines forth, accompanied by the light of the moon which will become as the light of the sun. And the result will be an eight-fold light shining forth in this end-time. It will be the light of full Resurrection power and glory to bring regeneration to multitudes, as I move to bring forth that which I have purposed for this end-time. Therefore rejoice My people, for great shall be the manifestation of My glory in this day, and you shall know the fullness of that which I have prepared for this time, says the Lord.”
“THE TWO WITNESSES”
“Shall I not have two witnesses in this day says the Lord?
Shall I not have that which is established according to my Word?
For My Word declares that everything shall be confirmed by the mouth of two or three witnesses. (Deut. 17:6, Matt. 18:16).
Therefore shall I conform to that which I have written.
Who are these two witnesses?
Are they not the ones that you read about in the book of Zechariah (4:1-14) and in the book of Revelation (11:1-12)?
Were there not two olive trees and two candlesticks (Rev. 11:4)?
I say, this is a mystery which has been hid, but is now to be made manifest.
For I will bring forth those like the olive trees, and I will also bring forth those who shall be as the candlesticks.
For this is that which has been reserved for this end-time, as I prepare to do that work which will bring to a consummation all that has been in preparation for many ages.
Shall I not now reveal it to you says the Lord? Shall I not now show you that which has been hidden in the counsels of your God?
Surely I will. You shall consider, says the Lord, that from one perspective the olive tree is a symbol of Israel after the flesh (Rom. 11:17, 24).
Even so, in its first application, the two olive trees are a type of two men who are Israelites by race but also Christians by grace.
Who are these two men says the Lord?
Again I say, is it not written that all things shall be established at the mouth of two or three witnesses?
What is it, says your God, that must be established in this end-time before this age of grace comes to a close?
Is it not that the work which was accomplished on the cross was truly a finished work, providing a complete liberation from all the effects of sin?
Must I not demonstrate beyond a shadow of doubt that death was fully abolished when the Son of God died on the cross?
You shall behold the pattern. When the nation of Israel was delivered from Egypt by the blood of the passover lamb, a quick and easy access was made available into the promised land. All the people had to do was believe that all things had been made ready and that I would surely drive out the enemy and give them a land flowing with milk and honey.
But did they believe?
Did they enter in and possess their inheritance?
I say not! They rebelled in their hearts and turned back, refusing to possess that which had been made available.
But were there not two who did fully believe?
Were there not two who did not receive the sentence which fell upon the others?
Joshua and Caleb did not die in the wilderness as the others. They continued to live throughout the wilderness journey, and after forty years of testing and proving they entered into their promised Inheritance.
Does this not show says the Lord that I am able to preserve those who fully put their trust in me?
You shall behold now the fulfillment of this pattern. Was not the Passover lamb slain when Jesus died on the cross?
Was not deliverance provided from the bondage of sin and death?
Was not the way opened into the promised land for all who would fully believe? What was that promised land which I made available when Jesus died on the Cross?
Was it not an entrance into life without the experience of death?
Was I not then ready to grant Immortality to those who would fully believe my Word?
Was I not ready to give not only life to the soul but also Immortality to the physical body?
I say, the pattern was true and was fulfilled in that generation which received the good news of the Kingdom of God. For I did lead a people out of bondage, and I was ready to grant to them life and Immortality so that they would never see death, no not even for the physical body.
But true to the pattern there was a failure to fully believe that which had been provided; a failure to fully appropriate the promised land of deathless Immortality then available. For the wilderness was a type of this world, and as the children of Israel died in the wilderness because of unbelief, so have the people of this world continued to die ever since the generation to which Jesus came refused to fully enter into all that was provided when He died on the cross.
For more than nineteen hundred years has the church been in the wilderness of testing and proving, and the carcasses of all have fallen in the wilderness. All, that is, except two who fully believed and who received their promised inheritance.
These two shall come forth in this last day to give undisputable testimony to the fact that death was abolished when the price was fully paid on the cross. For these two witnesses have been living on the earth for over nineteen hundred years, hidden away until the time appointed them in this end-time.
Who are these two witnesses says the Lord? Was it not spoken of one that he would tarry until the Lord would come? (John 21:22, see also Mark 9:1).
And did not the disciples understand what Jesus meant and publish the same? (John 21:23).
The fact that John himself understood not the full meaning of the words; no, not even when he wrote the record, does not change the fact that they were spoken. But he did fully understand later; and he did fully enter into that which was required of him, that he might remain on the earth to give testimony to the truth.
Who is the other witness says the Lord?
Is it not even that one of whom it was spoken ‘Lazarus come forth?’ For Lazarus was fully liberated in that hour when the momentous words were spoken ‘Loose him and let him go!'(John 11:44).
Those words were spoken, not just from the perspective of that moment and the loosing of that which was wrapped around his physical body, but from the perspective of the divine consciousness and the divine purpose which was in store for him.
He came forth to live without the experience of death, for he understood and believed in life forever more once he had been fully instructed in that which was his rightful Inheritance.
So you see, my people, I cannot be thwarted in my purpose to demonstrate that which is true. I will show forth the immutability of my Word in this last day, and none shall be able to stand against that which I will do.
For I will bring forth those I have kept hidden and they shall speak forth my Word with power.
And now consider the second application of the two olive trees. It is a further mystery, but now to be revealed. Does not the olive tree provide the oil for the lamps?
The lamps could not be lit without the oil which flows through the golden pipes. Even so does this show, says the Lord, that there are those which must precede others.
There are those who must first receive the anointing of my Spirit that they may in turn channel it to others.
Who are these two olive trees? I say to you, the two olive trees represent two anointed companies which must come forth first.
These are the two anointed ones which stand before the Lord of the whole earth. (Zech. 4:14). They are the first-fruits of that which shall later come forth in the two lamp-stands or candlesticks. One shall stand on the right and one on the left. The anointed company that stands on the right shall come forth in power at the very beginning of the tribulation.
For the right stands for that which is active and predominant, while the left stands for that which is recessive and secondary. Therefore the right shall come forth first.
For I am now anointing a first-fruits company which shall come forth in power at the very beginning of the tribulation period, and then shall follow very shortly the second anointed company which shall come forth in power after the tribulation period has begun. For the one shall precede the other even as the right takes precedence over the left.
Now consider further says the Lord. That which is on the right shall manifest as a first-fruits on the earth after a sheaf has been received into the heavenlies.
And then shall follow that which is on the left. The left stands primarily for that earthly and physical portion of my people, even the seed of Abraham.
For out of that people known as the Jews shall 144,000 be converted as a first-fruits of that which shall come forth during the tribulation. For during the tribulation period there shall be many of the physical seed of Abraham who shall turn unto the Lord and become a mighty witness to my truth.
After 144,000 Jews have been sealed and anointed as the olive tree on the left, then shall I begin to move by my spirit to bring forth the candlestick on the left.
For the oil of my anointing shall flow through those that are sealed and they shall be used of me to light a flame amongst their own people. Then shall come into being the candlestick on the left as a spirit-filled body of called-out ones from that which shall shine brightly during the tribulation.
For they shall receive the power and anointing which was first upon the sealed ones, even the fruit of the olive tree, and it shall cause that which is symbolized by the candlestick to light up and burn brightly as others are turned to the Lord.
And now consider further says the Lord. As the left stands for my physical people, so does the right stand for the spiritual seed of Abraham. For verily I say to you; the olive tree which is on the right represents a first-fruits company that is to receive the anointing to do a work among the peoples of Christendom. I will cause the oil of my anointing to flow upon those who are now entering first into that which I am doing.
Those who are entering into that which I am making known at the present time shall receive my anointing of power at the very beginning of the tribulation, and they shall be used mightily by me to cause that which is to light up as the candlestick on the right to come forth.
For that which I shall do through them shall cause a mighty revival to take place among the Christian nations; and a mighty witness shall be raised in the nations of Christendom as the anointing flows from the olive tree on the right to the candlestick of my choosing. From the nominal church world of today I will call out that which will burn brightly during the tribulation days.
Therefore you shall notice, says the Lord, that my plan is progressive. First, I prepare those who are to bear the anointing as the olive trees, and then through them shall I bring into being those who are to make up the candlesticks.
Now consider, says the Lord, that which you read in Revelation Chapter 11. Does it not say that my witnesses shall be clothed in sackcloth?
And does not this portray that condition of humility and contriteness before me that will enable me to use them in a mighty way?
It indicates their voluntary humiliation and renouncing of every selfish desire and way, making themselves completely available to me for whatever I will use them for. For those I use will have come to a place of complete brokenness before me. They will desire nothing but to do my will.
They will aspire to nothing in this world, but will be willing to renounce everything for the sake of the gospel. Many will give up houses, lands, business, friends and relatives that they might follow me all the way in that which I will show them.
You shall also notice, says the Lord, the mighty works which will be done by my witnesses. (Rev. 11:6). This refers primarily to that which will be accomplished through especially chosen ones, for not all shall be used in the same way. But all shall have my complete protection, for none shall be able to do them harm even though they shall be persecuted.
The ministry of John and Lazarus will be the greatest, for to them is the first and primary application of that which you read in Revelation Chapter 11. But others will also be used mightily by me, and great signs and wonders shall be accomplished In My Name. Especially shall those who have entered into Immortality in human flesh be used in a measure that is not given to others. Most of those who have entered in first, as a first-fruits, to receive the initial anointing portrayed by the olive trees and their fruit, will be used in a greater measure than those who enter in later and become the two candlesticks.
Although I have sought to show by specific analogy the various ones who shall be a part of my end-time witnesses, yet there shall be a unity and oneness among all. For they shall all be a part of that end-time BODY which shall be joined together for my glory.
There is one final factor which I would have you consider. Is it not written that the witnesses laid down their lives at the close of their period of testimony? (Rev. 11:7).
I say, this will be first and primarily fulfilled in John and Lazarus. For after living without death working in their physical bodies for many hundreds of years, they will finally be required to make that supreme sacrifice which is the lot of those who have been chosen to enter into a greater glory.
But there shall also be others who shall make that supreme sacrifice. For if they would enter into that which has been prepared for those who shall be crowned with the martyr’s crown, they must be willing to follow the pattern of the Son of God when He was on the earth. He gave His all even to death. So shall there be many who shall follow in His steps even in this end-time, and willingly give up their lives that they may receive that portion reserved for them.
Were not the two witnesses called up into the heavenly realms after their bodies had been dead for three and one-half days? (Rev. 11:11-12).
Even so shall John and Lazarus HEAD that great event known as the resurrection of the dead in Christ as their bodies are given life and Glorified. (I Thess. 4:13-18).
Immediately following shall a great host be instantly changed, in the twinkling of an eye, as all those who have been prepared by me and who have finished their course are caught up to be with the Lord. (I Cor. 15:51-54). Thus shall that glorious church, which has been the object and goal of this entire dispensation, be completed and joined with the Lord in the heavenlies. And so shall they ever be with the Lord.”
(End of prophecy)