There is the separation of the Ark from the remainder of the Tabernacle of the Congregation and its final return as part of the Temple of Solomon. And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem Isaiah 4: And it shall come to pass, that whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these [the ungodly in the churches] , saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him Jude 1: A review of the context will reveal that these saints who come with the Lord, perhaps a remnant of the entire Church, will appear for the purpose of judging the ungodly in the household of God.
Then there is the fact that the Wife of the Lamb perhaps a firstfruits of the Bride, according to our view appears at the beginning of the thousand-year Kingdom Age, clothed in the white raiment of her righteous conduct:. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: And then the entire Wife of the Lamb as the glorious holy city, at the end of the thousand-year Kingdom Age:.
Barley is the first grain to ripen and was employed during the Levitical feast of Firstfruits. And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along Judges 7: So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: The firstfruits company is revealed in the Book of Revelation, standing on Mount Zion, at the place where David kept the Ark of the Covenant when it was separated from the remainder of the Tabernacle of the Congregation.
And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father s name written in their foreheads Revelation We see, then, that the concept of the first resurrection being a special, advance resurrection and ascension, an honor guard to greet the Lord Jesus when He comes to assume the government of Israel and of the other nations of the earth, has strong support in the types of the Old Testament as well as in some of the statements of the New Testament.
The statement that finally caused us to take the position that only a holy remnant will be raised at the next coming of the Lord, is as follows:. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: There are numerous people who believe in Jesus, who have, we believe, a genuine experience of sins forgiven. They truly love the Lord and His Spirit is in them. But we cannot see all of them serving as members of the royal priesthood. Many are babies in Christ. Their pastors feed them with diluted milk; for if they presented a stronger word their congregations would choke and die.
Such believers simply are not kings and priests in the Kingdom. They are not ready to be the judges who will sit upon the all-powerful thrones in the air that govern the spiritual condition of the nations of the earth.
THE OUT-RESURRECTION AND THE PRIZE OF THE HIGH CALLING
To think immature, worldly Christians suddenly will be assigned such supreme authority and power is to indulge in fantasy. Five of them had oil, that is, the Life of Christ dwelling in them. They were living by His Life. The other five had lamps but their oil had been used up. They were not accepted by the Lord when He came. When we truly receive the Lord we are given a portion of oil, of the Life of Christ.
In order to keep filled with oil we must take up our cross and follow the Lord, living daily by His resurrection Life. How many believers really live by the Life of the Lord?
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The Lord through much tribulation will draw out a godly remnant in the days in which we are living. We think we are correct in the conclusion we have drawn, that is, only a holy remnant of warrior-saints will rise to meet the Lord at His appearing. If there is a possibility we are correct, then every person who loves the Lord would do well to follow the example of the Apostle Paul and strive to attain to the first resurrection from among the dead. Had Paul at this time A. Verse 12 reveals to us that to attain to the first resurrection is the same as to have been perfected.
To arrive at perfection in Christ is to arrive at the out-resurrection. His missionary work had born much fruit. Now he was in prison with a reasonable expectation of martyrdom. Had he not gained all the aspects of redemption that are possible to achieve in the world? We are supposed to wait patiently until the Lord Jesus comes in the power of His Kingdom and brings us into glory and honor.
Meanwhile there is a mark , a goal that has been placed before us by the Lord Jesus. The mark, the goal, to which we have been called, is the perfect and complete relationship to Christ. Each saint who attains a complete relationship to Christ has already received the inner aspects of the first resurrection. The coming of the Lord Jesus will not bring the inner aspects of throne-life to the perfected saint.
Has Christ indeed laid hold of you and of me that we may be brought into transformations, relationships, and positions of which we are largely unaware? That we glimpse dimly? We would suggest the upward calling of the new-covenant saint is identical to the commission given to human beings in the beginning:.
To be male and female, that is, to have the capacity for union with God and with all who are in God.
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be changed into the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren Romans 8: That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: Of the four parts of the original commission given to mankind, union is the most important. When God made man He made him male and female so it would be impossible for any individual to achieve image, fruitfulness, or dominion apart from union with another person.
Only the Father, God, is capable of image, fruitfulness and dominion apart from union with another person.
THE MEANING OF THE OUT-RESURRECTION
The third chapter of Philippians has to do with the complete union of the saint with Christ. Yes, they do indeed. It is not what we attain to that is so vitally significant.
The one true achievement of the human being is to enter all that Christ is, that Christ does, that Christ becomes, that Christ experiences, that Christ attains to and inherits. We are coheirs with Christ. Not one thing we are or do is of value apart from the Lord. The necessary aspect of salvation is union with Him. The difference between the False Prophet religion , and Christ Divine redemption , is as follows: Christ and those who belong to Him are also seeking image, fruitfulness, and dominion, but only as these elements flow naturally from union with God.
All religious formulas, whether they have to do with fasting, meditation, faith, standing on the promises of Scripture, discipleship, patterns of baptism, gifts of the Spirit, organizational designs, or whatever else may be emphasized, are of the False Prophet unless their goals are achieved through union with the Lord Jesus Christ. We do not seek to acquire fruitfulness, dominion, and the likeness of God in our life in order to become spiritually proficient or powerful.
Rather, we seek to acquire union with God through the Lord Jesus Christ so Divine image, fruitfulness, and dominion, which are the true goals of every person, may be given to us lawfully and enable us to please the Father. All that is of gain to Paul must come as a result of his union with Christ. Divine union, Divine Life, Divinely ordained image, fruitfulness, and dominion are an upward calling. The call comes down to us from the throne of the almighty God and draws us upward toward that throne.
The call to union is the call to the Bride of the Lamb. Response to the call of Divine love requires that every other interest and affection be regarded as secondary and that all previous accomplishments and experiences be laid aside and forgotten. The Bride of the Lamb turns away from every entangling relationship so Christ may have undisputed first place in her heart. He will allow no competitors.
He was pressing forward in single-minded pursuit of this perfect, complete relationship. Such pure devotion to Christ is admirable under any circumstance. Our standard of discipleship is far below that presented by Paul. But the Scriptures point toward a lifelong pursuit of total union with Christ: What a departure from our traditional thinking! Will our complacency, our indifference, force the Lord God to lower His standards? If we are being held to the written Word of the Apostles of the Lamb, how many of us actually will attain to the first resurrection, the out-resurrection from the dead?
At the time of his writing to the saints, overseers, and deacons in Philippi, Paul had not as yet attained to the first resurrection. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: Given the spiritual stature of Paul at this time, it becomes clear that the rewards of the overcomer can be gained by nothing less than total devotion to Christ.
We are invited to press forward until we are able to grasp that for which we have been grasped by the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul does not count being converted to Christ, being born-again, speaking in tongues, and working in the ministry as being anything more than Christian basics. The wealth of glory in Christ available to the believer goes far beyond the basics!
There are few if any of us who have laid hold on Christ to the degree to which we have been called. Are we to wink at the challenge and compare ourselves among ourselves? Indeed we are not!
THE MEANING OF THE OUT-RESURRECTION
We are to forget what we have achieved to this point. We are to acknowledge that God never commands us to do anything but that He stands ready with all the power and wisdom grace we ever will need to perfectly and completely fulfill all of His expectations concerning us. We are to reach forward toward the horizon that the Holy Spirit is revealing to us as an individual.
We are to fan our first love into a consuming fire. We must prepare ourselves to be cut to the bone and to the marrow of the bone. Our resolve must harden as the finest steel.
It shall circumcise what is useless and dead in our personality. We are to begin once more in Christ with the zeal and zest of the newly converted. We are to return to our first love and do our first works. We are to know nothing. We are to be as a child although we may have been in the ministry for several decades.
We may be satisfied with our present attainment in Christ. We are to remain satisfied no longer. God forgive indolent Christians of their folly! We can now understand many things in Paul's related sufferings for Christ, and many things in his faithful continuance in labours and travels abundant, that may have seemed strange before unto us. May we be frank with our readers, we too, are pressing on, and on, and on, that it may be that we may attain to ek anastasis group.
We grant that if Paul could boast of no such an attainment, we, a thousand times less, could so boast. Yet, we may follow after, that we may attain. To attain the out-resurrection was, with him, the " one thing " which he sought. To it everything else was subservient. No matter where he was, or what he did, this alone was vital; this alone was paramount. The world, and all of its present allurements, was nothing to him. He cared neither for popular approval, or passing applause. He sought Christ first, and last, and all the time. Everything else he thrust behind him, everything else he forgot.
He saw but one goal, one attainment, and toward that he pressed his way.
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Nothing else mattered, so far as he was concerned. Others might push and press for honour, or for fame, or for wisdom, or for wealth; he pressed for something which lay ahead of him. How many are spending all their energies on mere trifles, for the things that are for a day? How many set their affections on the things down here?
They lay up treasures upon the earth; they look on the things which are seen; they love the world, and the things that are in the world. Not so with this mighty, flaming evangelist; he pressed for the things that lay beyond, the things that live, that endure, that outlast the ages, and outshine the sun. We must study the word Ekanastasis in the light of the other words which surround it. Paul first tells us, " If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
All of them were God-given possibilities for the saints; all of them are gracious, yet none of them are by grace [alone]. That is, these specific things, all lay in the realm of rewards , they were to be given only to the ones who "attained" them , who pressed for them, who said, " This one thing I do. The resurrection of all saints is " by grace.
It is for all believers, apart from anything they are, or do. This out-resurrection is quite different.