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That everyone who thirsteth for the truth may obtain it, these publications are, as a Christian service, provided without charge. They levy but one exaction: the soul's obligation to itself to prove all things and hold fast to that which is good. The only strings attached to this free proffer are the golden strands of Eden and the crimson cords of Calvary - the ties that bind.
 
Lois I. Roden





The Merkabah, Part 3





MERKABAH

Part 3




Lois I. Roden

Copyright

July 14, 1984


All Rights Reserved




"It is the glory of God to conceal a thing;

but the honor of Kings to search out a matter."




"I have long time holden my peace; I have been still,

and refrained myself:

NOW WILL I CRY LIKE A TRAVAILING WOMAN;

I will destroy and devour at once." Isa. 42:14.




Boldface and brackets ours, unless otherwise indicated.


Living Waters Branch

Box 4098

Waco, Texas 76705

817-863-5325


[Publisher's note: the P.O. Box and telephone number are no longer valid]




CONTENTS


Preface p. 3
Introduction p. 4
SO ALL ISRAEL IS RECKONED by GENEALOGIES p. 5
The Wilderness Tabernacle p. 6
The Tabernacle Builders p. 6
The Immutable Covenant p. 8
The Davidic Covenant p. 8
Judah, Joseph, and Dan p. 10
Judah – The Lawgiver p. 11
Joseph's Double Birthright Portion p. 11
The Prophecy p. 12
The Prayer Of Manasses p. 13
The Tribe of Dan p. 13
Prophecy of Dan p. 15
Dan – "A Lion's Whelp" p. 15
The Tale of a Serpent p. 15
The Tale of a Serpent – Summary p. 18
The 13th. Tribe of Israel (Rev. 7:9, 14, 15) p. 19
The First-Fruit Harvest p. 19
Two Parts of the Wave-Sheaf p. 23
Summary – Outline of the Harvest p. 25
Conclusion p. 26
Two Great Eagles p. 27
Type p. 27
Anti-type p. 28
Division in Judah p. 28
Who Is The Wave-Sheaf of the Living? p. 30
Harvest Types For the Judgment of The Living to the Church p. 36
Four Types of Four Periods of the Redeemed in Heaven p. 37
The Libation of the Feast of Tabernacles p. 37
The Judgment of Dan p. 39

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Preface


"I HAVE SET THEE FOR A TOWER AND FORTRESS AMONG MY PEOPLE THAT THOU MAY KNOW AND TRY THEIR WAY" JEREMIAH 6:27.


"Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favor her, yea, The Set Time, is come." Ps. 102:13.


"So, the heathen shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the Kings of the earth Thy Glory." Verse 15.


"When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory. Ver. 16.


THIS SHALL BE WRITTEN FOR THE GENERATION TO COME: AND THE PEOPLE WHICH SHALL BE CREATED SHALL PRAISE THE LORD. VER. 18.


"They shall come with weeping and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my first born.


"Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, he that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth a flock." Jer. 31:9,10.


"For I will save the house of Joseph (10 tribes) and I will bring them, for I will have mercy upon them; and they shall be as though I had not cast them off." Zech. 10:6.


"Behold these shall come from afar, and lo, these from the North and from the West. The children which thou shalt have, after thou has lost the others, shall say again in thine ears, the place is too strait for me, give a place to me that I may dwell." Isa. 49:12, 20.


"Listen, O isles, unto me and hearken, ye people from far; ...thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified." Isa. 49:1,3.


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Introduction


The fascinating study of the inter-relationship between the twelve tribes of Israel has occupied the attention of scholars for centuries.


The mysticism of their tribal support system. "A Family of Nations," with many members, tribes, clans, the family unit and its individual members divinely ordered, defies extinction.


The history of the twelve tribes of Israel is the history of the World's inhabitants, chronicled with unerring detail in the prophecies of the Bible.


After their Assyrian captivity in 721 B.C., the ten tribes dropped out of sight so far as man was concerned; but the all-seeing Eye of Prophecy followed them in their wanderings through the earth to make known, at the proper time (the "last days" Gen. 49:1), their identity with unmistakable clarity.


The two-tribe Kingdom was swallowed up by Babylon save for a small remnant and Zedekiah's daughters that escaped with Jeremiah to Egypt and back to Jerusalem to follow their Brethren (ten tribes), into the lands of their dispersion.


The "time is come" to clearly identify the "inheritors" of the promises God made to Abraham and repeated to Issac, Jacob, and Joseph in the prophecies of Genesis forty-eight and forty-nine.


Jacob made known to his sons what was to befall their posterity in the "last days."


Of necessity, then, these descendants would have to be located and identified to discern who would be eligible to receive the covenant blessings of rulership and possession of the promised land inheritance to both houses of Jacob, Israel and Judah.


As God uses people to make history and fulfill Bible prophecies, we would expect to be able to locate the group of people as well as the individual persons involved in the prophecy for God's people in the "Last Days" (Gen. 49:1; Hosea 3:5).


It is the purpose of the author to outline, in brief, the skeleton of proof at this writing and build a body of facts fitly framed together for a logical conclusion.


Because of the shortness of time, a "statement of intent" to prove certain vital points will be presented and proof will be furnished in following publications, in continued series.


Since the promises to Abraham involved real people, a place, and possession of land, we must know that we are dealing with real people, places, and possessions promised to his descendants in the "latter days," inheritors of a real earthly Kingdom.


Thus the logical question in everyone's mind may be, Who am I? What am I doing here? Where am I going from here? How shall I know?


These are vital questions to be answered for those upon whom the "ends of the world are come," and only God, the creator of Heaven and earth and the people therein, can tell us through inspired records of the civil and religious history of God's people and the entire inhabitants of the world, the truth of the matter. For by a "prophet" God led Israel out of Egypt and by a prophet were they preserved. Hosea 12:13.


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"Surely the Lord God will do nothing except he revealeth his "secret" (the TIME) to his servants the prophets." Amos 3:7.


"WHEN THE MOST HIGH DIVIDED TO THE NATIONS THEIR INHERITANCE, WHEN HE SEPARATED THE SONS OF ADAM, HE SET THE BOUNDS OF THE PEOPLE ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. FOR THE LORD'S PORTION IS HIS PEOPLE; JACOB IS THE LOT (CORD OR LINE) OF HIS INHERITANCE." DEUT. 32:8, 9.



"SO ALL ISRAEL WAS RECKONED BY GENEALOGIES"


"Now the first inhabitants that dwelt in their possessions in their cities were the Israelites, the priests, Levites and Nethinims. And in Jerusalem dwelt the children of Judah, and of the children of Benjamin, and of the children of Ephraim, and Manneseh. Uthal, the son of Ammihud, the son of Omri, the son of Imri, the son of Buni of the children of Pharez, the son of Judah. "And of the sons of Zerah,... And of the sons of Benjamin." 1 Chron.9:1-4, 6.


The Twelve Tribes are variously termed:


The Family of Israel

A Family of Nations

Two Houses of Israel

Two Tribes and Ten Tribes

Judah and Israel

"Two Sticks" – Israel and Judah

Aholah and Aholibah


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The Wilderness Tabernacle


Ex. 35:4. "And Moses spoke unto all the children of Israel, saying, this is the thing which the Lord commanded, saying,


Ver. 10. "And every wise hearted among you shall come, and make all that the Lord hath commanded;


Ver. 21. "And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the Lord's offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments.


Ver. 30. "And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the Lord hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Un, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah;


Ver. 34. "And he hath put in his heart that he may teach, BOTH he and Aholiab, of the tribe of DAN.


Ver. 35. "THEM hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work, of the Engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroider, in blue and purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen; and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work.


Ex. 36:1. "Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man in whom the Lord put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that the Lord had commanded.


Ex. 36:2. "And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man in whose heart the Lord had put wisdom, every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it.


Ex. 38:22. "And Bezaleel...of the tribe of Judah made all that the Lord commanded Moses.


Ex. 38:23. "And with him was Aholiab...of the tribe of DAN, an engraver and a cunning workman,


Ex. 39:42. "According to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so the children of Israel made all the work.


Ex. 39:43. "And Moses did look upon all the work, and, behold, they had done it as the Lord had commanded, so had they done it: And Moses blessed them."



The Tabernacle Builders



"For the construction of the Wilderness Tabernacle, chosen men were endowed by God with special skill and wisdom. The descendants of these workmen inherited to a large degree the talents conferred on their forefathers. For a time these men of Judah and Dan remained humble and unselfish; but gradually, almost imperceptibly, they lost their hold upon God and their desire to serve Him unselfishly. They asked for higher wages for their services, because of their superior skill as workmen in the finer arts ... That their selfish desires might be gratified, they used their God given skill in the service of heathen kings and lent their talent to the perfecting of works which were a dishonor to their maker.


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"It was among these men that Solomon looked for a master workman to superintend the construction of the Temple on Mount Moriah" ... "He sent to the King of Tyre for such a man. (2 Chron. 2:7).


"The Phoenician King responded by sending Huram "the son of a woman of the daughters of Dan" and his father was a man of Tyre. Huram was a descendant on his mother's side of Aholiab (of the tribe of Dan) to whom, hundreds of years before, God had given special wisdom for the construction of the Tabernacle (In the Wilderness) ... The self-seeking that characterized the workers on the temple during Solomon reign finds its counterpart today in the selfishness that rules the world. The spirit of covetousness, of seeking for the highest position, and the highest wage, is rife. The willing service and joyous self-denial of the tabernacle workers is seldom met with.


"Not for the wages we receive are we to labor. "Thus saith the Lord, let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might,


"Let not the rich man glory in his riches ...but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, saith the Lord." Jer. 9:23, 24. Prophets and Kings, p. 62-65.


These types relating to the Temple builders are left on record for our admonition upon whom the "ends of the world" are come.


And to those expecting a part in the last great work of making the Spiritual Temple into a reality, comes the challenge more urgent than in Moses's day or in Solomon's, for that matter; for the last temple to be built shall be Eternal, never more to be destroyed and supplanted by a heathen priesthood.


In the wilderness Tabernacle (Tent) and Moriah's splendid stationary Temple, we are confronted with a double view of the Temple builders under both Moses and Solomon; Bezaleel of the Tribe of Judah, the Lawgiver, and Aholiab of the Tribe of Dan, the judge.


Herein is contained a mystery of these two tribes, heretofore, never wholly unraveled. We have combined Bezaleel from Judah, the two-tribe Kingdom and Aholiab of Dan, from the ten-tribe Kingdom of Israel, uniting "as one" workforce in the construction (building) of God's earthly dwelling place (Ex. 35) even as both tribes are represented in the heavenly temple, God's Eternal Abode. Eze. 48: Rev. 21:12.


They were put over the work of the wilderness tabernacle and all the people, men and women alike, offered willingly of their most precious things to build a resting place for the Divine Presence of God – the Shekinah Glory.


We, today, have in this consecration, a type, as an example for us as workers in the building and restoration of the promised temple.


"And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, after this will I return, and will build again the tabernacle (tent-moveable throne of God) of David which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up;


"That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.


"Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world." Acts 15:15-18.


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Hosea 3:4. "For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a King and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an Ephod, and without terraphim.


"Afterwards shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their King; and shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days." Ver. 5.


Hosea 2:14-15. "Therefore, will I allure her and bring her into the Wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.


"I will give her vineyards from thence (the Wilderness) and the Valley of Achor for a door of hope; and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in he day when she came up out of the land of Egypt."



The Immutable Covenant

of

The Perpetuity of the Throne

and Kingdom to the House

of

DAVID



"Ought ye not to know that the Lord God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David forever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt" (perpetual). 2 Chron. 13:5.



The Davidic Covenant


to the House of Judah



We are concerned with the past (type), but more so about the future, or present day application of the sure promises to David of an unconditional perpetual, earthly rulership.


"And thy house and thy kingdom shall be established forever before thee: Thy throne shall be established forever." 2 Sam. 7:16.


This promise seemed too wonderful to David and he asked; "Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house that thou hast wrought me hitherto? And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord God; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of Man, O Lord God?" 2 Sam. 7:18, 19. No! Only God can speak of Man (prophesy) "for a great while to come."


David's prayer of faith was: "And now, O Lord God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it forever, and do as thou hast said." Ver. 25.


From both God's and David's words we can only conclude that these promises pertain to a literal earthly kingdom to the lineal house of David and his sons through an unbreakable, Prophetic covenant.


AND ... THAT ALL THESE ARE TO ENDURE FOREVER!


Yet, God specified what would befall David's descendants for disobedience to His Laws.


"If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with a rod of men, (2 Sam. 7:14) signifying this warning was directed to earthly beings – not heavenly. It applied to David's son, Solomon, who said:


"Therefore now, Lord God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him saying: There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel." 1 King 8:24-25. And later when he forgot the sure mercies of David and became disobedient to God's Laws, and His statutes, and Judgments, he was made to remember His promise to chasten David's seed with the rod of men.


Nevertheless, the throne, the Kingdom, and the lineal house of David is to stand forever, for "God is not a man that he should lie."


Abijah, the prophet, confirmed to Jeroboam this thought when he said:


"...Ought ye not to know that the Lord God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David forever and to his sons by a covenant of salt?" (Margin: a perpetual covenant, 2 Chron. 13:5).


"God said: I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, saying, thy seed will I establish forever, and build up thy throne to all generations," not "many" but "all." Ps. 89:3, 4.


"My mercy will I keep for him forevermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. His seed also will I make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven. If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my Judgments; if they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; then will I visit their transgressions with a rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless, my loving kindness will I not utterly take from him nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that has gone out of my lips." Ps. 89:28-33.


The Lord will not suffer his faithfulness to fail!


For even his punishment of King Solomon's disobedience he said: "Howbeit, I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servants sake, ..." 1 Kings 11:13; for the Lord gave the kingdom over Israel to David and his sons forever.


In giving part of the kingdom, the 10 tribes, to Solomon's servant, Jeroboam, instead of to Rehoboam, his son, the covenant to David was preserved as promised, "Howbeit I will not rend away all ... but will give one tribe to thy son." Ver. 36.


"God said: Once I have sworn, by my holiness, that I will not lie to David. His seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the Sun before me. It shall be established forever as the Moon, and as a faithful witness in the heaven." Ps. 89:35-37. His seed also will I make to endure forever, and his throne "as the days of heaven." Verse 29.


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These Verses tell us that somewhere in the kingdoms of earth there is a son or daughter of David ruling on an earthly throne and that through the symbols of Sun and Moon these secrets are revealed. Through the natural light-giving bodies of our Solar system the spiritual knowledge, the literal truth about the earthly kingdom, is made to shine upon the inhabitants thereof through the prophetic revelation pertaining to the covenant given to David and his descendants. The heavens, sun, moon, and stars declare the glory of God in their symbolic revelations "throughout all generations," for it is the Holy spirit (glory of God) who is the higher light that illumines the heavenly bodies which in turn illumine, and symbolize earthly bodies, the light-bearers of the gospel of the earthly kingdom of David.


Example: "And Joseph dreamed yet another dream, ...Behold the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me."


"...And his father rebuked him, and said unto him, what is this dream that thou has dreamed? I [sun] and thy mother [moon] and thy brethren [stars] indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?" ... "his father [Jacob] observed the saying." Gen. 37:9-11.


"If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season; then may also my covenant be broken with my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne." Jer. 33:20, 21.


"If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinance of heaven and earth, then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.


"As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant." Jer. 33:22, 25, 26.


In the scripture, "take any of his seed to be rulers," the Hebrew word "Zara" (seed) means a person, woman, a child, a nephew, a grandchild, or a relative, and whether good or evil, does not annul the covenant promise to David, his throne, and earthly kingdom.


Judah, Joseph, and Dan


The tribes of greatest interest at this writing are those of Judah, the lawgiver, "A lion's whelp;" Joseph, a "fruitful bough" full of "branches" (daughters, margin) with a double birthright portion (Ephraim and Manesseh); Dan, "A Lion's whelp" and a "Serpent by the way, an add-er in the path"...a sort of "first of first fruit." (Gen. 49:9, 10; 16-18; Deut. 33:22; Numbers 25:31; 22-26; Eze. 48:1).


"And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last Days."


"All these are the twelve tribes of Israel; and this is it that their father spoke unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them." Gen 49:1, 28.


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Judah – The Lawgiver


"Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise; thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee.


"Judah is a lion's whelp; from the prey, my son, thou art gone up; he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall raise him up?


"The sceptre [Royal rulership] shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of people be.


"Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt into the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:


"His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk." Gen. 49:8-12.


"The crowning [the crown] blessings of the birthright were transferred to Judah. The significance of the name – which denotes praise" is unfolded in the previous paragraphs.


"The Lion, king of the forest, is a fitting symbol of this tribe, from which came David, and the Son of David, Shiloh, the true "Lion of the tribe of Judah" to whom all power shall finally bow and all nations render homage." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 236.


Joseph's Double Birthright Portion


Gen. 49:22-26. "Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:


"The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:


"But his bow abode in strength, and in the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel;) parenthesis belong to the quotation.


"Even by the God of thy father who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the beasts, and of the womb:


"The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separated from his brethren." Gen. 49:22-26.


The ancestral thread of Egypt is woven into the ten tribes of Israel through the sons of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh, from a Royal Princess of the Egyptian Hierarchy.


Read the prophecy of Isaiah 19:18-24.


Gen.- 48:3 "And Jacob said to Joseph, God almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me."


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The Prophecy


Ver. 4. "And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee for an everlasting possession.


Ver. 5. "And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben [49:3, 4] and Simeon [49:5], they shall be mine.


Ver. 16. "The angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name [Israel] be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them Grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.


Ver. 19. Last part: "... but truly his younger brother [Ephraim] shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.


Ver. 20. Last part: "and he set Ephraim before Manasseh."


"These youths were connected, through their mother, with the highest order of the Egyptian priesthood and the position of their father opened to them the avenue of wealth and distinction ...


"Said Jacob, Thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt ... are mine;" they were to be adopted as his own and to become the HEADS of (2) separate tribes. Thus one of the birthright privileges, which Reuben had forfeited (Gen. 49:4) was to fall to Joseph – a double portion in Israel.


"Behold I die; but God will be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers." Patriarchs and Prophets, 234-235.


In addition to the original 12 tribes, two more were added* by adoption into the family of Jacob making fourteen* tribes in all. "For the children of Joseph were TWO TRIBES, Manasseh and Ephraim:" Josh. 14:4.


*{Publisher's note: The foregoing paragraph is incorrect, as will be noted by Lois' consistent use of the number "13" when referring to the total number of tribes of the children of Israel throughout this publication.

Though there are 14 names used to designate the tribes of Israel, there are only 13 actual tribes to which those 14 names are applied. The name Joseph is used in more than one application, as is the name of his son, Ephraim. As the tribe which was to have Joseph as its head became two tribes because of the double blessing from Jacob, the name Joseph can never be applied to a stand-alone tribe unless it is being applied to one of Joseph's two sons (Ephraim or Manasses), for there are no descendants of Joseph other than those through those two sons.

For example: In Rev. 7, the names Joseph and Manasses are part of the list of the tribes of Israel, while Ephraim is not. Therein the name Joseph must apply to the descendants of Ephraim for there are no other descendants of Joseph other than those through Manasses, and his name already appears in this list.

Furthermore, in the list of the tribes in Eze. 48 the names Ephraim and Manasses appear, while Joseph does not.

So there are 14 names used to designate the 13 actual tribes of the 12 literal sons of Jacob (Israel).

As to why Lois made the statement as she did, we cannot say, except that this study was published under very trying times for her, and it may not have been proof read with her as it could have been.

It is written,"Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD'S servant? Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not. The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable." Isa. 42:19 -21.

And, "For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people." Isa. 28:10, 11. – end publisher's note}


For the Scriptures attest to the spirit of prophecy reference..." The sons of Joseph were to be formally installed among the children of Israel" P. P. 234:2.


Jacob gave Joseph the assurance – leaving for the generations to come his testimony of faith that the children of Israel would again be reinstated to their promised possessions in the land of Canaan (P.P. 235).


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The

PRAYER OF MANASSES


King of Judah

When he was holden captive in Babylon


"O Lord, Almighty God of our fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and of their righteous seed; who hast made heaven and earth, with all the ornament thereof; who has bound the sea by the word of thy commandment; who hast shut up the deep, and sealed it by thy terrible and glorious name; whom all men fear, and tremble before thy power; for the majesty of thy glory cannot be borne, and thine angry threatening toward sinners is importable: but thy merciful promise is unmeasurable and unsearchable; for thou art the most high Lord, of great compassion, long suffering, very merciful, and repentest of the evils of men. Thou, O Lord, according to thy great goodness hast promised repentance and forgiveness to them that have sinned against thee: and of thine infinite mercies has appointed repentance unto sinners, that they may be saved. Thou therefore, O Lord, that art the God of the just, has not appointed repentance to the just, as to Abraham, and Issac, and Jacob, which have not sinned against thee; but thou hast appointed repentance unto me that am a sinner: for I have sinned above the number of the sands of the sea. My transgressions, O Lord, are multiplied: my transgressions are multiplied, and I am not worthy to behold and see the height of heaven for the multitude of mine iniquities. I am bowed down with my many iron bands, That I cannot lift up mine head, neither have any release: for I have provoked thy wrath, and done evil before thee: I did not thy will, neither kept I thy commandments: I have set up abominations, and have multiplied offences. Now therefore I bow the knee of mine heart, beseeching thee of grace. I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, and Lord, forgive me, and destroy me not with mine iniquities. Be not angry with me forever, by reserving evil for me; neither condemn me into the lowest parts of the earth. For thou art the God of them that repent; and in me for thou wilt save me, that am unworthy, according to thy great mercy. Therefore thou wilt show all thy goodness: I will praise thee for ever all the days of my life: for all the powers of the heavens do praise thee, and thine is the glory for ever and ever." Amen. – My prayer, also. L.I.R.



The Prophecy of

Dan


"I [Dan] have waited for thy salvation, O Lord." Gen. 49:18.


Of Dan, Rachel said of her first born son from BilIah, her handmaid, "God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name DAN." Gen. 30:6.


"Dan shall judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel." Gen. 49:16.


"Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an add-er in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward." Gen. 49:17.


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The Tale of a Serpent, The Thirteenth Tribe



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The Tribe of Dan


The Standard of the camp of Dan shall be on the North side by their armies:" Num 2:25, 31 last part; (Eze. 48:1).


Jer. 4:15. "For a voice declareth from Dan and publisheth affliction from Mt. Ephraim."


Ver. 16. "Make mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem, that watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice against the cities of Judah."


Ver. 27. "For thus hath the Lord said, The whole land shall be desolate; Yet, will I not make a full end."


Jer. 5:1 "Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it."


Dan – "A Lion's Whelp"


Never has the relationship of the tribe of Dan, a Lion's Whelp, "as judge," been established. Only by tracing their history through their ancestral wanderings, as "one" of the "so- called" ten lost tribes, can we understand the connecting link in the chain of prophecy of Gen. 49 and Deut. 33. The name, Dan, the fifth son of Jacob, in Hebrew and Irish, means "Judge" and is the same whether rendered Dan, Don, Dun, Din, or Den.


In the division of the land by lot, Dan was given a narrow strip of sea coast west of Ephraim and Benjamin, which soon became inadequate as they increased in numbers.


"And the 7th. lot came out for the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families." Josh. 19:40.


The Scriptural record, Josh. 19:47, begins the history of their push inland, North, and Westward to the islands, both by land and sea.


The Tale of a Serpent


"And the coast of the children of Dan went out too little for them: therefore the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem and took it and smote it with the edge of the sword, and possessed it, and dwelt therein and called Leshim, Dan, after the name of Dan their father."


"This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families, these cities with their villages." Joshua 19:48. (Read 41-46).


Please note that on all their possessions was the name of DAN, their father. The family name was their mark which they left on each conquered territory, making their places of sojourn readily identifiable. Sacred history became a part of the history of the nations which could never be lost.


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Judges 18:1 "In those days there was no king in Israel, and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel.


Ver 2. "And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from their coasts, men of valor, from Zarah and from Eschtaol, to spy our the land, and to search it; and they said unto them, go, search the land; Who when they came to Mt. Ephraim, to the house of Micah they lodged there.


Ver. 4. "And he [the Levite] said ... Micah ... hath hired me, I am his priest.


Ver. 5. "And they said unto him, Ask counsel I pray thee, of God, that we may know whether our way which we shall go shall be prosperous.


Ver. 6. "And the priest said unto them, Go in peace: before the Lord is your way wherein ye go."


Ver. 8. "And they came unto their brethren to Zorah and Eschtaol: and their brethren said unto them, what say ye? And they said, and, that we may go up against them: ... be not slothful to go, and to enter and possess the land.


Ver. 11. "And there went from thence of the family of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eschtaol, six hundred men appointed with weapons of war."


Ver. 12. "And they went up and pitched in Kirjathjearim, in Judah: wherefore they called that place Maheneh-Dan unto this day: behold it is behind Kirjathjearim.


Ver. 13. "And they passed thence [from that place] unto Mount Ephraim and came to the house of Micah.


Ver 14. "Then answered the five men that went out to spy out the country of Laish. ... Do ye know that there is in these houses an ephod, and terraphim, and a graven image, and a molten image?'


Ver. 17. "And the five men that went to spy out the land went up, and came in thither, and took the graven image and the ephod and the terraphim, and the molten image:"


Ver. 20. "And the priest's heart was glad, and he took the ephod, and the terraphim, and the graven image, and went in the midst of the people [Danites].


Ver. 26. "And the children of Dan went their way: ..."


Ver. 27. "And they took the things which Micah had made, and the priest which he had, and came unto Laish. ... and burnt the city with fire.


Ver. 28. "And they built a city, ..."


Ver. 29. "And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born unto Israel."


Ver. 30. "And the children of Dan set up the graven image: and Jonathan the son of Gersham, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land [733 BC, and their dispersion into Assyria].


Ver. 31. "And they set up Micah's graven image, which he made, all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh."


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Dan was regarded as the extreme northern point of Israel with Beersheba as the southern (Judges 20:1. Deut 34:1); it was the gateway for all northern invasions into the land of Israel. (Jer. 4:15; 8:16).


Laish, renamed Dan's city, is located yet in the Huleh near the sources of the sacred river Jordan. At the time of its capture by the Danites it was dominated by the Phoenicians of Zidon, a famous port city.


Later it was sacked by Ben Hadad, king of Arom Damascus (1 Kings 15:20) and failed to recover but remained a village, Kifer Dan, and identical with al-quade today – Tell Dan, or "Hill of Dan," or "hill of the judge," on one of the main sources of the river Jordan.


Archaeological excavations begun in 1966 uncovered strong fortifications and building remains dating to the time of Jeroboam I (10th. Cent. BC). The evidence of the destruction of Dan's city confirms the biblical story of the conquest of Dan and identification of the city of Dan with Laish.


The name of Dan still lives in the northern Kibbuts in the Huleh Valley founded in 1939, situated on the Syrian border where it bore the brunt of enemy attacks in the War of Independence (1948) and the period preceding the Six-day War.


Its founders were European and they were joined by new members from various countries.


"And the standard of the camp of the children of Dan set forward, which was the rereward of all the camps throughout their hosts:" Num. 10:25; 2:31.


"And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God."


"And behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.' Luke 13:29, 30.


In the numbering of the children of Israel in the wilderness the standard of the tribe of Dan was "on the north side by their armies."


"They shall go hindmost (last) with their standards." (Numbers 2:25, 31).


"Now these are the names of the tribes. From the north end to the coast of the way of Hethlon .... the border of Damascus northward, to the coast of Hamath; for these are his sides east and west; A PORTION FOR DAN." Eze. 48:1.


In the new division of the land each tribe is to get a full-length strip from east to west. "The portion of Dan is the first on the north..." 2 T.G. 42:38.


God said, "For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries and will bring you into your own land." Eze. 36:24.


Thus Dan is First to receive his inheritance in the new division of the land in the kingdom – the "head" and not the "tail."


"So shall ye divide this land unto you according to the tribes of Israel,


"Joseph shall have two portions." Eze. 47:13,21.


"And ye shall inherit it, one as well as another: concerning that which I lifted up mine hand to give it unto your fathers: and this land shall fall unto you for an inheritance." Eze. 47:14.


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The Tale of a Serpent

Summary


The Tribe of Dan left their "Mark," "name," historically speaking, upon the sands of time; even as a serpent's trail is formed in the dust of the earth, telling where he has been and where he has gone.


The simple truth of the where abouts of the so-called lost ten-tribes of Israel is clearly seen by tracing the sojourn of one of their tribes, the tribe of Dan, which left the name of their father, from their coastal inheritances successively on Leshem (Josh. 19:47), a conquered territory (Judges 18:11-12) behind Kirjathjearim, in Judah and they named it Mahaneh, Dan; from thence to Mt. Ephraim: they smote Laish and named it Dan (Judges 18:29) and picked up Micah's Levite priest with ornaments of the sanctuary .... an ephod, and terraphim and a graven image, and a molten image." Judges 18:14. "And the sons of Manasseh were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of their captivity," which again, tracks the sojourn of the Danites with the other nine tribes to the isles of the sea North (Isa. 23:2) by ship (Dan abode in his ships) and by land of Samaria, west through the Caucasian Pass and onward. At this point in time they, the ten tribes, took on the name Scolote, (Nomades) and from the name, we are all familiar with the modern versions, Scoti, Scots, (Scott) meaning "wanderers" (Hos. 9:17). Their western march across the European continent was clearly drawn by name.


The English equivalent of the Hebrew D-n is Dan which is hidden in the names of his "resting places" in their trek across the continent of Europe to the Isles of the sea – the Spanish peninsula, Me-din-a, Si-don-ia; Mace-DON-ia, Dar-Dan-ells; the streams of Europe; D-n-iper, D-n-ister, and the DON, names reminiscent of the sacred River Jordan; Capital cities, Lon-don, E-din-borough, reveal their wanderings – places of sojourn.


Likewise, the people of the country of Den-mark (DAN-merke), meaning "Dan's resting place," are called Dan-es, the original owners of all the Scan-DIN-avian countries. Dan in Hebrew means "Judge," and as one of the tribes of Israel shall render a verdict, that we may know the ten tribes are not lost but have renewed their strength and are waiting to proclaim their identity through prophecy.


As early as 900 B.C. records from the seaports of Palestine show that the ten tribes colonized in the isles north and west before their Assyrian captivity in 721 B.C. Certainly "Dan is a Lion's Whelp" he shall leap from Bashan in Palestine and flee to the north and the west by ship and by foot – sea and land.


The first settlers of Ireland were called "Tuatha-de Daan-ans," Tribe of Dan whose name appears in their cities and streams: Dans-lough, Don-e-gal Bay, London-derry, Dan-gan castle, birth place of the Duke of Wellington; also the city of E-din-borough; in Scotland, the rivers Don, Doon; in England the river Don and Lon-don City, – just a few.


Dan's presence in the isles: both Judah and Dan are termed "a Lion's whelp." The family of Judah was a Lion and became associated with the serpent and found its way into the national seal of Ireland as a Lion with a serpent's tail (Dan) – a seal of three Lions with Serpent's tails, representing Denmark, Norway and Sweden, which were originally under the Dominion of Den-mark.


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The 13th. Tribe of Israel

(Rev 7:9, 14, 15)


"And after this [sealing of 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel] I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, [Rev. 7:9-12] which no man can number, of all nations, and [all] kindreds and [all] people, and [all] tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;


Ver. 10. "And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.


Ver. 13. "And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?"


Ver. 14. And I said unto him, sir, thou knowest and he said unto me, These are they who came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.


Ver. 15. "Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. [The Merkabah, throne, extends to earth in the judgment of the Living.]


Ver. 17. "For the lamb is in the midst of the throne and shall feed them [with truth] and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." Rev. 7:10-17.


The First-Fruit Harvest

with Wave-Sheaf and Waveloaves

(A.D. 31)


The sealing of the servants of our God in the seventh chapter of Revelation is primarily for the first-fruit harvest in the house of God. Let it be remembered that there are four parts of the first-fruits: (1) The Prophets all fall under the class of wave-sheaf as they are always martyrs for the sake of the truth they bring, whether they live or die, for they are despised and rejected by those whom they are seat to save. (2) first of the first-fruits, the Wave-sheaf: Exodus 23:19; 34:26; 23:10: Eze. 44:30, an un-numbered company, a multitude offered during the Passover week, in two parts: Christ plus the multitude. (3) The first-fruits, two wave loaves, a numbered company-offering for Judah and Israel offered on the day of Pentecost. Please note, the Wave-loaves were just the thank offering for the first-fruits (3 Tr. 78:1) of both (2) houses of Israel. One would need to stretch the imagination to say the 120 on the day of Pentecost, A.D. 31, fully represented all twelve tribes as the so-called ten lost tribes of Israel never returned to their home land after the Assyrian captivity and have remained scattered among the nations unto this day.


(4) The second part of the first-fruits: the 3,000, another numbered company brought to view on the very day of Pentecost.


Ver 5. "And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven, ..."the multitude came together" Read verses 6-11: Acts 2:36,37 "...house of Israel" – ten tribes.


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Ver. 39. "For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."


Ver. 41. "Then they that gladly received his word were baptised: and the same day [Day of Pentecost] there were added unto them (the 120) about three thousand souls." Read verses 46 and 47.


Clearly then, the three thousand were the part of the first-fruits offered on Pentecost as a thank offering for those ten tribes still scattered in every nation under heaven, those second-fruits to whom the disciples were sent, "the lost sheep of the house of Israel," after the day of Pentecost AD. 31 until A.D. 34. And so they went! They carried the Gospel to all the, then, known world, to the remnant of which Paul speaks: "There is a "remnant" according to the election of grace."


Subsequently, the Gospel went to the Gentiles, after AD. 34.


"For if the first-fruit be holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root be holy, so are the branches." Rom. 11:5, 16.


"For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye [Gentiles] be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part [on the two tribes] is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.


Ver. 26. "And so all Israel [ten tribes] shall be saved; as it is written, there shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:


Ver. 27. "For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins." Rom. 11:25, 26, 27.


It is an historical fact that the ten-tribes were scattered to the four winds among the nations, coming in contact with the Gospel of the English speaking countries.


From these few points we can also see that the second-fruits are divided into at least two parts: Second fruits from the house of God (from AD 31 – AD 34) among the nations, and the Gentile second fruits, also among the nations of the whole world.


Thus was the prophecy fulfilled: "The Lord sent a "word" unto Jacob (Messiah came to the two tribes), and it hath lighted upon Israel, (the ten tribes): and all the people shall know, even Ephraim, and the inhabitants of Samaria (the ten tribes)." Isa 9:8,9. Notice, the "word" was made flesh and dwelt among us - "sent unto Jacob" – two tribes. "He came to his own [Tribe – Judah] and his own received him not." – lighted NOT upon Judah! But upon Israel, ten tribes! The Light of the Gospel was received by the ten tribes – Protestantism.


"Israel [12 tribes] hath not obtained that which he seeketh for [the two tribes looked for an earthly king] but the election [ten tribes] hath obtained it – a ruling, earthly Monarchy in the Isles, as well as the Gospel of the Kingdom to Israel.


"Blindness in part [two tribes] is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in." These elect first-fruits of the ten-tribes – the 3,000 with the 120 – planted the standard of the gospel of grace of the Deliverer among the nations of earth; thus in Abraham's seed (the Messiah), all the nations of earth have been blessed and shall be brought forth to stand before the heavenly Throne saying: "Amen, Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever, Amen." Rev. 7:12; 5:12.


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John saw this great multitude of living saints, wave sheaf, of Revelation 7:9, as they sang a new song, message: "Saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou was slain, and has redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, tongue, and nation;


"And hast made us unto our God kings and priests [like the wave-sheaf of the dead in Heaven] and we shall reign on the earth." (Rev. 5:9,10.)


The wave-sheaf of the living are on earth. They are revealed while the harvest for the wave-loaves is in progress.


It was at the Feast of Tabernacles that the anti-typical "wave-sheaf" was anointed for His ministry to the first-fruits.


Note: The Feast of Tabernacles is the time of Baptism for the ceremonial wavesheaf candidates.


But, before the first-fruits were mature, an hitherto unknown multitude arose from the dead without being judged, and were translated (received eternal life with their Great High Priest) to the Heavenly courts and were offered as the wave-sheaf of the dead. They became a living type (3 Tr. p. 79) of a living wave-sheaf resurrected from Spiritual death in trespasses and sin that shall never die, and who shall be translated to the "Throne of God," to appear as Judges of the living firstfruits who also shall never taste death.


The wave-sheaf of the dead, with their Messiah, returned to earth to finish the first-fruit harvest, and ascended to heaven at the end of 40 days, in AD. 31. They are there, today awaiting those taken as wave-sheaf from every kindred, nation, and tongue who Judge the 144,000 first-fruits of the living. Rev. 14:3-4. "And they sang" as it were "a new song before the throne and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that [their] song [of their experience] but the 144,000, which were also "redeemed" from the earth.


The voice of the "harpers" of verse two, first teach the song to the first of the First-fruits, the great multitude of Rev. 7:9; who teach it to the 144,000 who go through a similar experience. That is, by studying their type the wave-sheaf of the living learn the truth about themselves – the anti-type.


"And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having everyone of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of the saints.


"And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many [not all] angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands. Rev. 5:8,11.


"And I saw "as it were" a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, [first, in the church], stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God [Rev. 15:2]. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God [the statutes and judgments and commandments] and the song of the Lamb [The Gospel of the Ceremonial Law as interpreted by the Spirit of Prophecy], saying, great and marvelous are thy works," ... "for all nations shall come to worship before thee; for thy Judgments are made manifest [known]." Rev. 15:2, 3, 4.


The Type of the Harvest in the seventieth week of Daniel 9:27 (27 A.D. to 34 A.D.), tells the story of the "soul harvest" in the end of the World.


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In the type, the wave-sheaf and the first-fruits, the 120, and the 3,000 respectively were disclosed to view "at" and "after" the special resurrection in the last of the 70 weeks.


Two prophets, John the Baptist and Jesus, started the harvest at the Feast of the Tabernacles A.D. 27. The death of Stephen ended it at the Feast of the Tabernacles A.D. 34. All were martyrs who gave their lives that others might be saved.


The Martyrs from righteous Abel to the time of John, the Baptist, were raised when the Messiah arose and joined in maturing the first-fruit harvest, the 120, brought to view on the day of Pentecost, 31 A.D., when the 3,000 were added. The first of the first-fruits (Ex. 19), the wave-sheaf, and the last of the first-fruits, the 120 and the 3,000, were offered at two different times – the wave-sheaf on "the Morrow after the 7th. day Sabbath" during the Passover week: the 120 and 3,000 on the day of Pentecost. The wave-sheaf was translated ten days before Pentecost to prepare for the inauguration with their great High Priest in His mediatorial Kingdom. This was signalized on earth by the outpouring of the Spirit "as tongues of fire" on the heads of the 120.


The 3,000 were made manifest on the same day (Pentecost) as a result of Peter's sermon at the 3rd. hour and offered thru the Spirit on earth. Those resurrected with the Messiah were inaugurated in their Mediatorial kingdom in heaven, to start their work in the first apartment of the Heavenly Sanctuary, in the daily administration for those to be gathered in the Gospel harvest, including those "at end of the world."


After the day of Pentecost a great multitude of second fruits from the Jewish nation were gathered in by the Spirit-filled 120 and the 3,000 souls brought to view as a result of one sermon by the Apostle Peter.


As in the natural harvest of grains and fruits, so it is in the Spiritual; all are not harvested at the same time.


The type teaches the truth of the spiritual, soul-harvest. First, John the Baptist announced the Messiah who was revealed as the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world. John witnessed the "crowning" of the Messiah at the descent of the dove, as a beam of pure light rested upon His head, crowning Him for His earthly ministry of 3 1/2 years to the "lost sheep of the House of Israel."


He was the wave-sheaf foretokened by the grain offering conducted for over a thousand years by the Jewish nation in the Tabernacle service of the earthly Sanctuary. He, One person, represented the wave-sheaf, a multitude of fruits to be offered on Sunday, the morrow after the Sabbath (Lev. 23:11) at Passover 31 AD. This multitude was not known as part of the harvest ministry until their resurrection. They prefigured the martyrs from the stoning of Stephen to the future special resurrection.


During the typical Harvest to the Jewish nation, the House of God (1 Pet. 4:17), the wave-sheaf, (Messiah) as one person, the Bridegroom, started the harvest at the Feast of Tabernacle on the 16th day of the 7th month 27 AD. In the 3 1/2 years of his ministry the twelve and the seventy were brought to view before Pentecost when they, as part of the 120 first-fruits, were empowered to reveal the additional 3,000 first-fruits at Peter's sermon of the day of Pentecost.


This army of Spirit-filled believers went out and gathered a great multitude from the Jewish nation for nearly 3 1/2 years until the Feast of Tabernacles, AD. 34.


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It was afterward, after AD. 34, that these consecrated believers, the 120, the 3,000, and a multitude of ministers went to the gentiles all over the, then, known world.


As we take another look at the Harvest types pictured in the seven years of Judgment (27 A.D. to 34 A.D.) to the Jewish nation, a much larger number of fruits are in evidence than has been previously revealed.


A simple diagram furnishes ample proof of the different sections of the total harvest that started in 27 A.D., and aside from temporary interruptions, continues to the close of probation.


The resurrected multitude of captives pointed forward, primarily to another great multitude (2nd. fruits) from Pentecost 31 AD. to the Feast of Tabernacles 34 A.D from every kindred, tongue, and nation; and secondarily, to a great multitude in the end of the world before the second coming, besides their work in bringing to maturity the 120 first fruits with the 3,000. These represented two-tribe Judah and the ten tribe-Israel from 153 nations present in Jerusalem the day of Pentecost, on the DAY of the first-fruit offering of two wave loaves for Israel and Judah.


Plainly is seen the impossibility of all twelve tribes being fully represented by 120 people, mainly from Judah, living in Jerusalem at the time of the fulfillment of Daniel's prophecy of the 70 weeks.


Two Parts of the wave-sheaf


(1) The first of the first-fruits, the wave-sheaf (Ex. 23:19; 34:26; 23:10; Eze. 44:30) is comprised of two parts – The Messiah and an un-numbered multitude of wave-sheaf offered during the Passover week.


Bear in mind that is was at the Feast of Tabernacles that Messiah, the antitypical wave-sheaf, was anointed by the Holy Spirit for his ministry of 3 1/2 years for the first-fruits of the Harvest to the Jewish nation, the 120.


THEREFORE, IT IS PLAIN TO SEE THAT, ACCORDING TO TYPE, IT IS THE WAVE-SHEAF WHO GATHER THE ANTITYPICAL FIRST-FRUITS, THE 144,000, IN THE "JUDGMENT OF THE LIVING" AT THE END OF THE WORLD.


The first part of the typical first-fruit harvest (the 120) was conducted by Christ and the resurrected wave sheaf, the mysterious "hidden" ministry who received eternal life forevermore without a book judgment before the wave-loaves were matured. The second part of the first-fruits (the 3,000) were harvested by Peter and the Spirit-filled disciples, completing the first fruit harvest.


"... those who arose with Christ on the 18th. day of the first month... were immortalized and received into heaven as the antitypical sheaf, pointing to the ingathering of the fruits that shall never die [in the final harvest].


"Their resurrection from the dead signified the BEGINNING of the first-fruit harvest of the 120 disciples who were to die AND be resurrected." [Thus, in the final harvest, the 144,000 will be revealed after the special resurrection]. 3 Tr. p. 84:3.


"As Christ arose he brought from the grave a MULTITUDE of captives. The earthquake at his death had rent open the graves, and when He arose, they came forth with Him. They were those who had been co-laborers with God, and who at the cost of their lives [Martyrs] had born testimony to the truth. Now they were to be witnesses for Him who had raised them from the dead." D.A. 786:1.


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"And since the wave-sheaf was a figure of (1) Christ and (2) of those who arose with him as the first of the first-fruits of the dead, hence the wave loaves were a figure of the spirit-filled disciples who were the full compliment of the first-fruits of the dead, and who were gathered in after the [special] resurrection." 3 Tr. p. 80.


"As he ascended [after 40 days], he led the way, and the multitude of captives set free at His resurrection followed." The Desire of Ages, 833.


"He points to the tokens of His triumph. He presents to God the wave sheaf, those raised with Him as representatives of that great multitude who shall come forth from the grave at His second coming." D.A. 834.


"So Christ, the first-fruits, represented the great spiritual harvest to be gathered for the kingdom of God" D.A. 786. Put another way, "The wave-sheaf of both the dead and the living (3 Tr. 83:0) now represent the total harvest, those numbered and those un-numbered, for they "must have a double application, each to the dead and to the living, together comprising the total fruits of the antitypical harvest."


Therefore, we must first see a "Great Multitude" of Living wave-sheaf perfected in the final harvest for the Living.


The resurrection is very positive testimony that the first-fruits (the 120) of them that slept DID NOT RIPEN (become fully converted) UNTIL AFTER the (special) resurrection.


"The 40 days of Christ's ministry on earth AFTER His resurrection was the time in which the first fruits were gathered in,..." 3 TR. 84,85 – Read all of Page 82 to 87 in review.


"The wave-sheaf and the wave-loaves must have a double application, each to the dead and to the living, together comprising the total fruits of the antitypical harvest." 3 TR. 83.


Therefore, I say to those thinking to gather the first-fruit harvest, the 144,000, before the "special resurrection" (1 SR. 44-45) of the dead (from AD. 31 to the present) and the living wave-sheaf (from death in trespasses and sin), cease to wonder why the 144,000 have not been brought forth. The type tells us why! The wave-sheaf must first be gathered from all nations and revealed; then, the firstfruits can be manifested on the antitypical day of Pentecost and with power, bring the second-fruits from the church, in a clean vessel, as in the Apostolic type.


"The 120 disciples on the day of Pentecost being the gospel's first-fruits of the dead, it follows that the great multitude added to the church daily thereafter (after the day of Pentecost), naturally were the gospel's second fruits of the dead." Notice, the second fruits (a multitude) were gathered from the Jewish nation (church) until AD. 34. They were not Gentiles. (3 TR. 86:3). Naturally then, Rev. 7:9 has its first application to the church, then to the world (Gentiles) – to the wavesheaf first.


"MARK CAREFULLY THAT THIS GREAT MULTITUDE WITH PALMS STOOD BEFORE THE [MERKABAH] THRONE, NOT BODILY BUT FIGURATIVELY ONLY,..." 3 Tr. p. 87.


The type of the harvest shows four divisions of the first-fruits. (1) The Messiah (Prophet), (2) first of the first fruits, (3) the first-fruits, (4) the second part of the firstfruits.


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The wave-sheaf was inaugurated in their mediatorial kingdom with their great High Priest at Pentecost, a double ceremony, in heaven and on earth 31 AD. It was then that the first fruits, 120, received the Holy Spirit "as tongues of fire" at the 3rd. hour on the day of Pentecost, and the 3,000 were offered by the Apostolic priesthood as the second part of the first-fruit harvest of souls. Read Acts 2. After Pentecost, the day of the first-fruit offering, they went out "only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, daily," and gathered a great multitude of second-fruits for nearly 3 1/2 years, until 34 AD.


Then, and then only, did they turn to the Gentiles, and gathered another great multitude of second-fruits. This, friend, is the only type of a harvest in the Scriptures that we have as a pattern for the final harvest, in the house of God in our day.


Therefore, we can now see how restricted our vision has been of the greatness of the harvest ordained from the foundation of the world: also, why the harvest has been said to be the most mystified subject in the Bible.


Summary

Outline of the Harvest

For The Children of Israel


Let it be remembered that the first-fruits were not revealed until the day of the first-fruit offering, Pentecost. It was on this day that Jews from 153 nations were present to hear the first sermon given by Peter which yielded an immediate firstfruit harvest of 3,000 souls. Hence, the priesthood in two parts in Heaven, Christ and the multitude, on the day of Pentecost, and the priesthood 120, and 3,000 in two parts on earth, at the same hour on the same day; The Merkabah, a "signal" (fire) of both the heavenly and earthly priesthood's inauguration in their mediatorial Kingdom in the first apartment of the Heavenly sanctuary, the holy place, and on earth.


As one puts the Prophetic magnifying glass upon the subject of the harvest, Judgment, in the house of God, he is amazed at the former blindness that has obscured the manifold mercies of God, Judge of quick and the dead. The magnitude of the souls to be rescued from among the tares in the end of the world's harvest for the church and the world is almost incomprehensible for the average mind unaccustomed to large thinking.


(1) First of the first-fruits – The wave-sheaf – an un-numbered multitude plus One, two parts. Their ministry started at two different times, Feast of Tabernacles and Passover – from all nations, and kindreds, and tongues (martyrs), who gave their lives for the Truth – from all ages beginning with righteous Abel (D.A. 786).


(2) The first-fruits – two numbered companies – their ministry started on the same day, wave-loaves, Judah and Israel. The 120 and 3,000 two-tribes and ten-tribes, brought to view on the day of Pentecost – two numbered companies – at the third hour. (Acts 2:5,15,41) – "the same day." (Pentecost): a numbered company of disciples and believers, 120; another numbered company from Israel, (3,000 not Gentiles), from every nation under heaven dwelling at Jerusalem. Being the second part of the first-fruits they became an earnest, or surety of the second fruit harvest, an un-numbered company from all nations which were to be gathered, "daily," after the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:46,47) to AD. 34. The wave-sheaf grain was barley, the very first ripe heads were waved by the priest at Passover as a signal that the grain harvest was to begin and fifty days later on the day of Pentecost the thank offering, two wave-loaves, the first-fruits of wheat, were offered.


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We can be sure that the rest of the barley fields were not left unharvested and that the grain was gathered and preserved during the 50 days before Pentecost. This furnishes a type for the gathering of a living first and second-fruits of barley. Both the wave-sheaf and wave-loaves were the thank offering for the first-fruits; "one [the wave-sheaf, barley] was dedicated at the beginning of the harvest; the other [wave-loaves, wheat] at the completion of it." (3 Tr. p. 78).


The resurrection of the wave-sheaf (barley) of the dead at Passover, AD. 31, proves they were offered while the wheat (wave-loaves), were ripening (during the 40 days) before Pentecost.


This was a symbol of the first-fruit soul-harvest from Passover to Pentecost from the Jewish nation. The wave-sheaf came forth and gathered the first-fruit harvest taught the truth of the "special resurrection" – and matured the 120, the first part of the first-fruits who were disclosed to view with the 3,000 on the day of Pentecost.


The Second Fruits – an un-numbered company of Israelites from "all nations," gathered "daily" for 3 1/2 years by the spirit-filled 120 and the 3,000 revealed on the day of Pentecost, the time of the First Fruits.


The great multitude of second-fruits were represented at the Feast of Tabernacles, at the end of the seven years of Daniel 9:27, at the completion of the total harvest for the Jewish nation, AD 34. This multitude included all the fruits gathered from the twelve tribes of Israel, an earnest of the great multitude of Gentiles to be harvested after the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles – after AD. 34.


Conclusion


Revelation Chapters 7 and 14 present a complete picture, in miniature, of the Harvest, Judgment, as it applies first to the remnant church, with all her fruits: wave-sheaf, wave-loaves, and a multitude of second fruits. 2 SR. p. 186.


Then, the same picture is repeated as it applies to the world, on a much greater scale.


The Harvest, Judgment, to the church is an entirely separate work from that in the world.


Therefore, as the groups of individuals find their place in each section of the harvest fruits, they must be fitted to qualify and occupy their proper position as wave-sheaf, wave-loaves, or part of the great multitude of second-fruits in the harvest – each in their time and place.


As the prophecies of Spiritual and literal Israel merge and become one, so also, do the earthly and Heavenly family merge and act as one. That is, we have the church on earth and the church in Heaven acting as one – God's will in Heaven done in earth, Matt. 16:19. Thus we see the spiritual application of the prophecies concerning Israel applied to the church of God on earth merging and becoming literally fulfilled in the actual lineal descendants of the twelve tribes restored to their own land "after many days" (years – Hosea 3:4,5) of sojourn among the nations of their captivity.


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"For His own wise purpose the Lord veils spiritual truths in figures and symbols ... ln parables and comparisons He found the best method of communicating divine truth." FCE. p. 236.


The chief purpose of teaching by parables is that the truth may be revealed to God's children and at the same time concealed from His enemies.


Since many of the prophecies of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel were written for a latter day fulfillment and only initially for the children of Israel and Judah at the time they were written, they are to be understood by the people of today – the day the prophecies are unsealed. What the Lord proposed to do with Israel of old he will accomplish with his church on earth.


Two Great Eagles


The prophecy of Ezekiel 17 is one of the most outstanding ones in its latter-day application of the return of the children of Israel to their own land inheritance in Palestine.


This riddle-parable reveals the hidden truth to the elect but has concealed it from the devil and his representatives. This allegorical representation of something which is real in its relation to human life and action, is represented by something real in nature: Trees, Branches, Eagles, "Great Waters," "a spreading vine," "seed," "twigs," etc. We are to keep in mind that this riddle by Ezekiel was put forth principally unto the house of Israel, the ten tribes.


In its primary application, the prophecy, pertained to an actual Branch of two-tribe Judah being taken as depicted by the first great eagle, out of his "own land," Lebanon (Royal House), in Palestine and carried into some "other land." So, the Eagle must represent a mode of transportation to "another land" of a very small remnant of Judah. The "young twigs," sons of royalty, were "set" in "a city of merchants, in a land of traffic."


He also took the "seed" (people) of the land, predominantly 10 tribes, and planted it in "another" land (the same land) in a fruitful field, by "great waters" and it grew and became a spreading vine – branched out. (Gen. 49:22)


As the scripture says, "There was another great Eagle" who watered it in the furrows of her plantation" – he came to the same place of "good soil" by "great waters" as the first eagle who brought the royal sons.


With the coming of the second great eagle, or "means of transport;" one would assume that a Personage of importance would be transported to join one of the royal line of the first eagle.


The expression, "Behold this vine did bend her roots toward him" indicates the passenger to be a woman whose desire was toward the one who preceded her into the same land. This union with the goodly vine of "low stature" bore "fruit" offspring.


The Type


According to the prophecy the seed of David (son of Pharez line of Judah) was to be planted again, take root and "bear fruit."


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The Anti-Type


In the spiritual realm, the application of this prophecy had its fulfillment when the two personages involved in the prophecies of Jer. 23:5,6 (The Branch, He) and Jer. 33:15,16 (The Branch, She), joined together to effect a return of the exiles, the twelve tribes of Israel, back to their own land.


This project is still in progress and shall be accomplished on time.


In the literal realm, the prophecy of Eze. 17 pointed to the sifting of Israel and Judah through out the nations of the world to fulfill the prophecies of Gen. 48 and 49, to bring forth a great multitude "as the sand of the sea" for number. (Gen. 48:4,5,16,19).


The two "great eagles" symbolized the "means of transportation" of the children of Israel to the land of their dispersion through the prophetic voice (Prophet) the sure word of prophecy – The Merkabah.


The name of the tribe of Dan is linked with Joseph (10 tribes) and with Benjamin (the 3 sons of Rachel) in Eze. 48:32 where he receives the first portion of land in the North.


Revelation 21:12 (marginal reference) identifies the heavenly gates of the twelve tribes in the temple with the earthly, new division of the land in Eze. 48.


As "Dan shall judge" his people, as one of the tribes of Israel; and as "Dan abode in ships...," it would not be too far-fetched to conclude that Dan furnished, and was that means of transporting the exiles to another land "as a judgment" of God upon them because of their sins. Dan's original possession included the seacoast of Palestine and the Port of Tyre was the entry to take the "Cedars of Lebanon" to make masts for their ships. Note: The cedars of Lebanon are a symbol of royalty.


The "Merkabah," a means of transport for children of Israel.


The standard of the tribe of Dan was the eagle, King of Birds, and they are reported to have made great carved eagles with wings outstretched as figureheads on the bows of their vessels. Too, the long sails resemble "wings of the wind" or "birds flying" through the waters as do eagles in the air.


Division in Judah


The tribe of Judah was divided into two royal lines when twins, Pharez and Zerah, were born to Tamar.


Zedekiah, the last king of Judah and his sons from Pharez (a Breach), the first born twin, were all destroyed in the Babylonian captivity. "The highest branch of the cedar" was brought down (Zedekiah). The "low tree" (leader) the second born twin of Judah, Zerah ("seed"), was taken to a land of traffic with the ten-tribes and preserved to carry on the royal ruling line in the lands of the Gentiles. Only one or two of King Zedekiah's daughters escaped with Jeremiah to Egypt and back to Israel – then to another land of exile.


(Detailed explanation in Part 2.)


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"Released from prison by the Babylonian officers, the prophet Jeremiah chose to cast his lot with the feeble remnant, "certain poor of the land" left by the Chaldeans to be vine dressers and husbandmen..Go ye not into Egypt, he pleaded," the inspired counsel was not heeded and all the remnant of Judah...took flight into Egypt. They obeyed not the voice of the Lord: thus came they even to Tahpanhes...'


"A small number that escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah," He declared: and all the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall know whose words shall stand – mine or theirs." PK 460-61 as quoted in SS Lesson, Jan. 24, 1970, on Eze. 17, B.L. Roden.


"Some of these chapters (Isa. 12, 13, 14) contain prophecies which are illustrated by certain experiences of ancient peoples and nations which at some time were to be repeated." 12 SC 1 pg. 5.


At the time of the Reformation in Europe and in Germany particularly, evidences begin to surface as to the identity of the 12 tribes as represented in the Apostolic church, taken captive by the Romans and absorbed into their economy. The voice of Luther broke the power of Rome in the Dark Ages and the State of Germany officially recognized the work of the Reformation in 1555.


The next man on the scene of action, Luther's contemporary, was John Knox, a Scottish reformer, who was instrumental in gaining state recognition for the Reformation in Scotland in 1560.


With the appearance of these two men and those who followed, Assyria (ten tribe Israel) the Protestant nations, England, Scotland, Ireland and the Scandinavian countries, completely broke up the church-State confederacy of the middle ages (Tr. 14:34).


"While the prophecy of the 430 years (of Eze. 4) finds its beginning with the reformation by Luther, and others (Knox, etc.) the lesson is for this time, and the people of this age. Never before has this prophecy been understood, and until now, no one ever received much from it, but when the time is fulfilled, God makes it known." 1 S.R 127-128.


"According to the days [years] of the coming out of the land of Egypt will I show unto him marvelous things." Micah 7:15.


"Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years." Ex. 12:40, 41.


"And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after [coming out of Egypt], cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect." Gal. 3:17 Read Verse 16.


That is, the covenant promises are yet to meet their fulfillment. All Israel is yet to posses the land promised to Abraham and his seed – Palestine. Luther being a type of Abraham, with a message of justification by faith, was a type of another messenger to announce the latter-day church-state confederacy and the One to break it, and deliver Israel into their own land from whence they have so long been absent.


As the 430 years applied to the Reformation under Luther, and others, we look at the date of its recognition in the type, by the State of Germany in 1555 and add 430 years which brings us to 1985 – an indication of recognition for a Reformation in our day.


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Likewise, we may add 430 years to 1560, the date Knox's Revival by the Spirit was accepted in Scotland, which brings us to 1990, the long "hoped for" recognition of the latter day message of Reformation by the Holy Spirit (to the "lost sheep" of the house of Israel), the twelve Star-Crowned woman in heaven, Revelation 12.


In 1844 another movement to re-assemble the 12 tribes and take them back to their own land arose.


In another application of the prophecy of Eze. 17 the first great eagle who came, brought to view the woman "in a land of traffic, U.S.A.," with a crown of 12 stars symbolizing the 12 tribes of Israel, during the Judgment of the Dead.


Soon, a second great eagle came and joined her in her work to restore the tribes to their inheritance, announcing the Judgment of the Living, 1930-1955.


The thread of a complete circle covering the dispersion of the 12 tribes from their own land, to the nations of their exile, and back home, will be set in more detail in the second part of this issue.


WHO IS THE WAVE-SHEAF OF THE LIVING?


"Class 2, are the translated (besides the 144,000), Rev. 7:9, says, "After this (the 144,000) I behold, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands." It will be noticed this company have palms in their hands." 1 SR. p. 42. Parenthesis belong to the quotation.


There are two companies of people to be translated; the 144,000, and the great multitude of Rev. 7:9. "Enoch represents the great multitude of Living wave-sheaf; Elijah represents the first-fruits of the living from the twelve tribes of Israel. (1 SR. 43).


"Here we see Enoch, too, has the 'palm' in his hand, the same as the great multitude, class number 2. (Rev. 7:9).


"Enoch is said to be the seventh from Adam. "Seven" means complete, finished; thus perfectly typifying the class represented by him in Rev. 7:9 (the great multitude)." Therefore, the translation of this great multitude of wave-sheaf before the destruction of the world by fire is typified by Enoch's translation to heaven before the world was destroyed by water. (2 SR. p. 43).


"If Class 2 (the great multitude), were the saved and resurrected from all ages, then all of the saved must have palms in their hands, but as it is plain that not all have the palms, then these are not all the saved in all ages, but are the translated ones only, besides the 144,000. The palm is a symbol of victory over death and the grave; that is, they never died." 1 SR. p. 44-45.


"... Enoch represents the great multitude of Rev. 7:9." 1 SR. p. 46.


Conclusion; "There must be another company (translated) living besides the 144,000." 1 SR. p. 46:0, 1.


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"We now behold good old Enoch, having around his head a dazzling white wreath: Above it a lovely crown brighter than the sun and on his right arm a glorious palm. It is by him the great translated multitude are both led and represented, all in pure white robes, palms in their hands, and golden crowns on their heads." 1 SR. 50. Then, we may conclude that in its primary application, Rev. 7:9 applies to the "Living wave-sheaf" in the final harvest from "all nations, kindreds, people, and tongues."


"And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of-them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation." (Revelation 5:8,9) Note, the beasts and elders all sang, saying: "For thou has redeemed us out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation." Thus, the beasts, as well as the elders, are redeemed from the earth. 2 SR. 195:0.


"Therefore, it is evident that the "four beasts" are symbols which represent four groups of saints gathered from all ages, and out of every kindred, tongue, people, and nation. In a similar way the world empires after the flood are symbolically represented by beasts." Thus by the beasts are represented those that shall be judged." 2 SR. 195:1. That is, they represent the people being judged.


"Before and behind" denotes prophetic light, revealing to them the past, present, and future; this being made possible by the Spirit of God and by holy angels. The number "four" shows that there are four classes of saints to be considered in the judgment. Two of these classes are to be resurrected; namely, those who died naturally, and those who were martyred. The other two are they who shall be translated at the coming of Christ; namely, the 144,000 of Revelation 7:1-8, and the great multitude with palms in their hands, as shown in verse 9." 2 SR., p. 195:2. The four beasts and the twenty-four elders represent all the Patriarchs and Prophets of the Old and New Testament and their followers – 12 patriarchs and 12 apostles (24 elders), the grand jury, and all the prophets with their multitude of followers.


Ver. 7. "And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle." The beasts by nature also represent the four periods of the church.


"And the fourth beast was like a "flying eagle. He represents the period in the time of the harvest. The last period is symbolized by the flying eagle to denote the church that shall be translated. A "flying eagle" is king of birds, as the lion is king of beasts, which is a sign of victory, thus making a perfect symbol. As the judgment of the dead began with the beast like a lion – king of beasts – just so the judgment of the living begins with the beast like an eagle – king of birds. The entire truth of these "four beasts" is not yet revealed." 2 SR. 196:1.


However, we do have a "key" that may throw more light on the subject.


When Israel marched through the wilderness she had four standards which were called "Camp Standards" – one on the North, one on the East, one on the South, and one on the West; four – one in each of four directions, indicating world-wide. Besides these, there were individual tribal standards or family ensigns as the Scripture says, "Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their fathers house; afar off about the tabernacle shall they pitch." Num. 2:2.


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Each camp standard was the gathering place for three tribes – North, South, East, and West. "so they pitched by their standards ... after their families, according to the house of their fathers." Num. 2:34.


(1)      Num. 2:3 "and on the east side, toward the rising of the sun, shall they of the standard of the camp of Judah pitch throughout their armies." Jacob gave Judah the royal ensign. "Judah is a Lion's whelp" . the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Lawgiver).


(2)      Num. 2:18. "On the west side shall be the standard of the camp of Ephraim according to their armies."


Moses said of Ephraim, "His glory is like the firstling of his bullock" – the same word rendered "ox" in Eze. 1:10. Jeroboam made idols attractive to the 10 tribes (Ephraim), a bullockand a heifer, and placed them in Bethel and Dan for worship. Num. 2:25. "The standard of the camp of Dan shall be on the North side of their armies."


At the time of the captivity of the children of Israel the Eagle was the Ensign of the tribe of Dan.


In Jeremiah 48:40, Israel, ten-tribes of which Dan was a part is represented: "He shall fly as an eagle, and spread his wings over Moab." (Eze. 17:3)


Thus far, is shown the "Camp Standards" of Judah, the Lion, Ephraim, the Ox, and Dan, the Eagle. The cross reference to the "Man" in Ezekiel 1:10 refers to Numbers 2:10 which reads:

 

"On the South side shall be the standard of the camp of Reuben," the first born of Jacob.


Jewish history tells us that the standard of each tribe of Israel took on the color of the stone which represented it in the High Priest's breastplate, and that there were wrought upon each a special figure – a "lion" for Judah, a young "ox" for Ephraim, a "man" for Reuben, and an "eagle" for Dan, whose gate is represented in the heavenly Jerusalem. (Rev. 21:12; Eze. 48).


These were the four representative tribes, the others were gathered under their four standards (Num. 2): (1) Judah, on the east, with Issacher and Zebulon; (2) Reuben, on the south with Simeon and Gad; (3) Ephraim, on the west with Mannaseh and Benjamin; and (4) Dan, on the north, with Asher and Naphtali.


These were the "banners" of the children of Israel as they marched through the wilderness. They were the symbols of power by which they were protected and guided through the "cloud by day" and the "fire by night" – their "guards" and their "covering." They were part of the Divine Heavenly Administration which brought them out of Egypt, through the wilderness, and settled them in Canaan. An extension of Heaven to earth was the "Merkabah" Throne, come down," in all its terrible splendor.


"Israel carried on Eagle's Wings," (Exodus 19:4 – the Merkabah), nurtured and parented by God. The name, Reuben means, "Behold a son" (Man) (Gen. 29:32) a son is a "man." The first-born of Jacob prefigured another first-born whom Pilate said, "Behold the Man" John 19:4,5. Joseph, a type of Christ, was the "Man" that inherited the "firstborn" blessing forfeited by Reuben and received a "double portion," a double blessing" – that of the birthright and the Gospel of the Kingdom, yet to be restored to Israel.


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The "Merkabah," Chariot of God, in the vision of Ezekiel 1 rested by Chebar whither the ten-tribes had been transported by Tiglath Pileser and Shalmaneser.


"WHERESOEVER THE ISRAELITES WENT IN EXILE, THE "SHEKINAH" (MERKABAH) ACCOMPANIED THEM" ... "THE SHEKINAH IS IDENTICAL WITH THE HOLY GHOST." THE JEWISH ENCYCLOPEDIA p. 260.


In the prophecy of Ezekiel 17 concerning Judah and Israel, there were "two" great "eagles," a male and a female, connected with the Judgment of the living upon ten-tribe Israel and two-tribe Judah by Assyria and Babylon.


In another view of the four beasts of Revelation 4:7: "The first beast is like a Lion. "Lion" is the king of beasts, and is intended to point out the first period of the church before the ceremonial section with which the Judgment began." 2 SR. p. 196:1. ENOCH IS THE ONLY KNOWN ONE FROM THE FIRST PERIOD, IN HEAVEN, IN THE JUDGMENT SCENE AS THE FIRST OF THE FIRST-FRUITS OF THE "LIVING," "REDEEMED," TO BE TRANSLATED (PREFIGURING THE GREAT MULTITUDE OF REV. 7:9) FROM THE EARTH, WITH NO REQUIRED TRIBAL LINEAGE.


"The second beast being "like a calf," it is evident that he represents the sacrificial, or typical section." Ibid.


MOSES WAS RESURRECTED AND TAKEN TO HEAVEN TO REPRESENT THIS PERIOD IN THE JUDGMENT, POINTING TO THOSE IN THE FIRST RESURRECTION... REV. 20:6. "NUMBER THREE – THUS THE BEAST WITH THE FACE OF MAN MUST REPRESENT THE ANTI-TYPICAL PERIOD AFTER THE CRUCIFIXION"...INCLUDING ALL ITS MARTYRS, THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF THOUSANDS (2 SR 196:1)


In the typical seven-year Harvest to the Jewish church there were John, the Baptist, Christ, and Stephen, who were martyrs. They were figures of many more to come.


"And the fourth beast was like a "flying eagle." He represents the period in the time of the harvest. The last period is symbolized by a flying eagle to denote the church that shall be translated. A "flying eagle" is king of birds, as the lion is king of beasts, which is a sign of victory, thus making a perfect symbol. As the judgment of the dead began with the beast like a lion, – king of beasts – just so the judgment of the living begins with the beast like an eagle, – king of birds..." 2 SR. 196:1.


The Merkabah, the traveling Throne of Israel comes to earth to conduct the "judgment" for the living. The six wings of the beasts and of the Seraphim indicate the seal in which the judgment began. The sixth seal opened in 1755, and after this, the judgment of the dead in 1844.


In the vision of Ezekiel, the "likeness of a man" was revealed.


In Isaiah 6, two Personages were brought to view – "The Lord and His Train" – "The Bridegroom and His Bride."


At the beginning of the judgment of the dead in 1844 the vision of the 144,000 first-fruits was given, with no mention of the first of the first-fruits – the wave-sheaf.


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With the announcement of the Judgment of the living in 1930 came the truth of the wave-sheaf that was to start the harvest, Judgment, of the living. The last, most recent, revealed truth of the wave-sheaf has taken precedence over the first revealed truth of the first-fruits in at least two more successive revelations in the Branch Movement, 1955-84.


The most startling development has to do with the revelation found in Tract 3, pages 79, 80 and 83.


The wave-sheaf of the dead in AD. 31, who arose with Christ and went to heaven, became a living-type (3 Tr. p. 79-80) prefiguring a living antitype on earth in the final harvest, page 83. "the wave-sheaf and the wave-loaves MUST HAVE A DOUBLE APPLICATION, each to the dead and to the living, together comprising the total fruits of the anti-typical harvest."


In Rev. 7, the 144,000 are first (fruits) revealed and the wave sheaf, Verse 9, the first of the first-fruits are last revealed in the judgment of the living; therefore, we now know the identity of that great multitude that no man can number from every kindred (tribe) tongue, people, and nation.


They are the ever-living, earthly counterpart of the ones Enoch saw in Jude 1:14,15; (Heb. 12:22-23) of whom he is the representative. (1 SR. p. 44:1). The wavesheaf in AD. 31 was comprised of prophet (the Messiah) and a great multitude of captives – two parts who became a living TYPE.


And thus the great multitude of Rev. 7:9, plus the prophet, comprises the earthly "living" wave-sheaf that learn the new song, message, while on earth from their counterpart in heaven, (Rev. 5:9,10) the great multitude translated with Christ at His resurrection (3 Tr. p. 87:1), that is, through their type.


The earthly counterpart of the raised wave-sheaf in heaven, comes to view with their leader, prophet, and as a great multitude of wave-sheaf which includes the tribe of Dan whose ensign is the "Eagle" – the thirteenth tribe of Rev. 7:9. They "judge" and teach the first-fruits the song-message and "render a verdict" – that God is just and righteous to save the thousand of thousands of Israel and those whom they bring.


The multitude of wave-sheaf, according to the type, from all nations both Israel and non-Israel, mainly prefigured the Great Multitude from the church after Pentecost to 34 AD., who in turn prefigured the great multitude of Gentile converts after 34 AD.


The fourth beast in heaven represents the "living" church, the twelve tribes with "Elijah" as their representative in the heavenly court, the only one from the twelve tribes to be translated to heaven without seeing death.


How great the Harvest of souls in the end of the World!

 

Wonder of Wonders, is the mercy of God our Father, His Christ, and the Holy Spirit!


"The Revelator says the horns and the eyes of the Lamb "are the seven spirits of God sent forth into all the earth." All of this power, both in might and in vision, is embodied and demonstrated by the Spirit of God. Said Jesus, "it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you." (John 16:7). "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." (John 14:26). 2 S.R. p. 197-8.


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Said Jesus: "Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into the barn" – the church. (Matt. 13:30) Notice: The tares are first bound in bundles – separated.


"... as those who arose with Christ ascended with Him as trophies of His victory over death and the grave, they thereby became a living type, and thus The wave-sheaf of the Living." 3 Tr. p. 79. These pre-figured a living anti-type of the wavesheaf in the final harvest of those who shall never see death and be translated to heaven in the end of the world.


"those whom Christ took with Him were the living wave-sheaf and the only one that has been offered in the heavenly sanctuary; and that as ones raised from the dead, they are the first-fruits of the dead, whereas as ones ever-living before the Father, they are the living Wavesheaf of the first fruits of the living, the 144,000 servants of God, who sequentially precede The Second Fruits and the Feast of Tabernacles." 3 Tr. p. 80.


"Just as Christ and those whom He raised and took with Him became the prototypical sheaf, betokening the ingathering of the first-fruits (the 120) of those who are to be resurrected, so also when He entered upon His priestly administration in the first apartment of the heavenly sanctuary, and presented Himself and His trophies before His Father, they became the antitypical sheaf, betokening the in gatherings of the first-fruits of those who are to be translated..." 3 Tr. p. 85.


Note: The wave-sheaf betokened the resurrection of the martyrs from AD. 34 until the special resurrection during the final part of the harvest for the Living.


"The first-fruits of the dead (120) being a numbered company, and the second fruits of the dead (the multitudes gathered after Pentecost) being an unnumbered company, so correspondingly must it be with the first and second fruits of the living. Hence the sealing of the 144,000 first fruits; and hence "after this," says John, "I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands ... and all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts." Rev. 7:9,11. 3 Tr. p. 86-7 – Application to the church first.


"Mark carefully that this great multitude stood before the throne, not bodily, but figuratively only, as viewed in Early Writings, p. 55, and as is evidence by the two fold fact that (1) the angels "stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts," showing that the great multitude was outside the angelic circle; and that (2) the presence of the angels, the elders, and the four beasts about the throne shows that the judgment (Rev. 4:2-6) was still in session, and that therefore probation had not closed." [They were learning the new song (message) from the types pertaining to the wave-sheaf in heaven, while on earth, to fit them for translation]. 3 Tr. p. 87. (Details in Part 2).


"The palms in the hands of the great multitude (Rev. 7:9, 11), and the "victor's palm" placed "in every hand" of "the unnumbered host of the redeemed" (The Great Controversy, p. 646), betoken two entirely different events: for the latter received both a "victor's palm and a shining harp," whereas the former had no harps but only palms. Clearly, then, while the palms and the harps of the redeemed hosts in heaven are actual guerdons of victory, the palms of the great multitude on earth are figurative victory palms." 3 Tr. p. 87. But they shall become guerdons of victory at the translation of the LIVING wave-sheaf from every kindred, nation, people, and tongue. Amen.


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"As the wave-sheaf and the wave-loaves are typical, then also the Feast of Tabernacles must be typical. Otherwise the ceremony would not have been observed as a part of the harvest rite. And as in the type the feast was to be celebrated at the close of the final ingathering of the year's harvest, then correspondingly in the anti-type it must be celebrated at the close of the final ingathering of earth's harvest, which is nearing its fulfillment. So the time consumed in producing and in offering the wave-sheaf and the wave-loaves, also in observing the Feast of Tabernacles, is representative of the entire spiritual harvest time of the living and of the dead.


"The Feast of Tabernacles was not only commemorative, but typical .... It celebrated the ingathering of the fruits of the earth, and pointed forward to the great day of final ingathering, when the Lord of the harvest shall send forth His reapers to gather the tares together in bundles for the fire, and to gather the wheat into His garner. At that time the wicked will all be destroyed." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 541.


"Plainly, therefore, since the first and the second fruits of the literal harvest and its attendant rites foreshadowed a spiritual harvest of first and second fruits, they are to be climaxed by the antitypical Feast of Tabernacles." (first to the church, then to the world.) 3 Tr. p. 81-82.


The sealing of the servants of our God in the seventh chapter of Revelation is primarily for the first-fruit harvest in the house of God. Let it be remembered that there are FOUR parts of the first fruits: (1) The first of the first-fruits, Christ, the wave-sheaf (Ex. 23:19; 34:26; 23:10; Eze. 44:30); (2); the multitude, an unnumbered company offered during the Passover week. Christ and a multitude-two parts. (3) The first-fruits, two wave-loaves, a numbered company, 120, AD. 31 – a thank offering for the two houses of Israel, the twelve tribes, offered on the day of Pentecost (4) with the 3,000.



Harvest Types For The Judgment


of


The Living To The Church


Deut. 16:16


1. The First of the first-fruits – offered at Passover.


1.       Wave-sheaf – Christ, the Prophet.


2.       Wave-sheaf – a multitude of captives.


2. The First Fruits – offered at Pentecost.


3.       The 120 – first part of the first-fruits.

 

4.       The 3,000 – second part of the first-fruits.


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3. The Second Fruits – offered at Feast of Tabernacles.


1.       To the Church – a multitude from the 12 tribes.


2.       To the Gentiles – a multitude from the Gentile Nations.

          Two un-numbered companies.


Three harvest feasts, each in two parts, makes a total of six, which is double the number, heretofore, seen by those teaching the Harvest Types.



Four Types of Four Periods

of

The Redeemed in Heaven



1. Enoch (Lion) – Translated while living, to Heaven as a type of the great multitude of Rev. 7:9; 1 SR. pp. 43,44,46.


2. Moses (calf-ox) – Resurrected and taken to heaven as a type of the great multitude to be resurrected in the general resurrection of the just. Rev. 20:6; 1 SR. p. 47.


3. John the Baptist (Man) – Resurrected with Jesus as a type of the martyrs who gave their lives for the Truth and were translated to heaven with Him. 1 SR. 47,48.


4. Elijah (Eagle) – Translated while living, as a type of the 12 tribes of Israel, Rev. 7:4; 14:1, the 144,000 first-fruits who are translated with the antitypical Elijah in the final harvest, the Judgment of the Living. (1 SR. p. 47).


THE RIDDLE: How can the Lion and the Eagle represent the wave-sheaf and the wave loaves with the Enoch and Elijah TYPE and include the Tribe of Dan?



The Libation at the Feast of Tabernacles



At the morning service on each of the seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) a libation of water was made together with the pouring out of wine.


The libation at the Feast of Tabernacles, when the high priest sprinkled water upon the altar as a sacrifice, was a later development of the ancient offering; it was a feature of the ritual until the destruction of the Second Temple.


It was borne in solemn procession to the water-gate of the Temple, where the train halted while on the Shofar was blown "teki'ah, teru'ah, teki'ah." the procession then ascended the "kebesh" or slanting bridge to the altar, toward the left, where stood on the east side of the altar a silver bowl for the water and on the west another for the wine, both having snout-like openings, that in the vessel for the wine being somewhat the larger. Both libations were poured out simultaneously.


The offering as made in order that the rainy season, which begins at that time of the year, may be abundant.


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The Rabbis embellished the libation of water with so much ceremony that it became a favorite and distinctive rite on these occasions. On the night of the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles the outer court of the Temple was brilliantly illuminated with four golden lamps.


On the fifteen steps of the Gate of Nicanor stood the Levites, chanting the fifteen "songs of degrees" to the accompaniment of their instruments.


The illumination, which was like a sea of fire, lit up every nook and corner of Jerusalem, and was so bright that in any part of the city a woman could pick wheat from the chaff.


After the destruction of the Temple the libation of water, being a portion of the sacrifice, was discontinued; but the custom of rejoicing was retained for some one day of the Feast of Sukkot other than the Sabbath or a full holy day.


The feast of water-drawing is now celebrated in the bet ha-midrash on any night other than Friday in the middle of Sukkot.


Water was of great importance in purification, being used in cleansing the leper, in sickness, in washing utensils, and in the cleansing of one who had been defiled by touching an unclean body.


The offering of water as a libation was an ancient institution, and even before the kingdom was established the lsraelitish tribes, after having suffered repeated defeats at the hands of the Philistines, gathered together at Mizpeh at the command of the prophet Samuel, and poured water on the ground before YHWH (1 Sam. VII. 5:6).


The forgiveness of sins and their complete remission were typified by sprinkling with clean water (Ezek. XXXVI. 25); and in Jer. 17:13 God is compared to a fountain of living waters.


Water prepared with the ashes of the RED HEIFER was especially important, since, even though unclean, it had the power of cleansing men and things infected with defilement.


Water was an important factor during the first three days of Creation. On the first day "the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters" (Gen. 1:2); on the second day the nether waters were divided from the upper, and the latter were transformed into the "rakia," or "firmament" (ib. verse 7); and on the third day the nether waters were assigned to their allotted place, which received the name of "sea" (ib. verse 10).


"In the beginning the world consisted of water within water" (Gen. 1:2).


"Unfermented grape-juice was called "water of the grape-vine." The Jewish Encyclopedia Vol. 12, pp. 475-477.


(To Be Continued)


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The Judgment of Dan


The tribe of Dan is a monument to the exceeding great mercy of God in the time of the final judgment upon Israel and the world.


Dan came to be regarded as the "black sheep" of the house of Jacob. His name is associated with the blasphemer of Leviticus twenty four; with Sampson, the judge of the tribe of Dan, faithless to his Nazarite vow; and with one of the places of idol worship in the Northern Kingdom of Israel.


Two golden calves, a bullock and a heifer, were placed in Bethel and Dan in the places of worship for the ten tribes.


Dan was a hater of Joseph because he brought an evil report to his father against the sons of Zilpah and Billah and plotted to take his life. He was a known idolater in the time of Abraham, Moses, and Balaam. His name is omitted from the twelve tribes sealed in Revelation Seven but surfaces unexpectedly in the ninth verse as well as in Ezekiel forty-eight where he receives the first portion in the North of the NEW division in the land of Israel.


Jacob's blessing of Dan in which he is compared to a serpent (Gen. 49:16-18) is referred to Sampson from the Tribe of Dan and which was made an emblem of the tribe on its standard. Still further, is the identification of the serpent and the Lion in Gen. 49 and Deut. 33. Hence, the Lion with a serpents tail, the Emblem of the Tribe of Dan is based in Scripture by Divine Wisdom.


How this tribe could be redeemed and translated to the Heavenly Canaan is the mystery into which Angels desire to look. It provides a ray of hope for those condemned to death by their past record in the commonwealth of Israel and stands as an Ensign to the nations, of God's willingness to save to the uttermost those who appropriate the intercession of their Messiah and The Holy Spirit in the final Atonement.


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For further studies on these matters please see our other studies:

By Lois I. Roden:
The Bride of Christ
As An Eagle
By His Spirit
Behold Thy Mother, Part 1
Behold Thy Mother, Part 2
Behold Thy Mother, Part 3
In Her Image
In The Beginning God...
In Their Image
Merkabah, Part 1
Merkabah, Part 2
Merkabah, Part 4
Christ and the Holy Spirit, "Two Turtle Doves"
Christ and the Holy Spirit, Two "Turtle Doves" Jesus and Jonah (Dove) Part 2
The Wife of God
Monthly Field Letter, Sept. 12, 1985 – A "Mother" Eagle
Monthly Field Letter, November/December 1985 – Michael and Gabriel
Monthly Field Letter, January/February 1986 – The Holy Angels
Monthly Field Letter, February 12, 1986 – Michael, Gabriel, and the Spirit of Prophecy
Monthly Field Letter, March/April 1986 – The Angel of the Lord

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The Only Safe Sex is Holy Sex
The Real Ghost Story
Shelter From The Storm
The Poverty of Defeminization
Behold the Lamb of God
What The People Are Saying "Babylon, Babylon, Where Did They Get All Of Those Crazy (?) Ideas?"
It's all Greek to Them, The Holy Spirit He, She or It?
She is a Tree of Life
The Four Horns of the Altars of the Sanctuary

By Doug Mitchell and Steve Penners:
The Feminine Principle of Salvation
The "Only Begotten Son" of God

Shekinah Magazine:
Her Crusade: To tell the world the Holy Spirit is feminine
A History of Feminist Consciousness
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U.S. Woman Sees Holy Spirit as Female Figure
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