posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 06:11 PM
Though we may be sure that this "change" of the last living members of the body of Christ will not take place until the work committed to them in
the flesh is accomplished, we are told that before long our work will be cut short-graduallly at first, and then completely and finally when "the
night cometh when no man can work."
How long the Lord may be pleased to let his saints stand in idleness, we do not know, but probably only long enough to let faith and patience have
their perfect work. This test of patience will be the final trial of the Church.
Then "God will help her, at the dawning of [her] morning" (Ps. 46:5, Lesser's translation). The dawning of her morning in which she is to be
changed to the nature and likeness of her Lord. HER morning is to precede the Millenial morning.
The lives of Elijah and John the Baptist-the beheading of the one, and the whirlwind and fiery chariot that bore away the other-probably indicate
violence to the last members of the body of Christ.
The church's consecration is unto death and her privilege is to prove her faithfulness. "The disciple is not above his master, not the servant
above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be AS his master, and the servant AS his lord."
It will probably be in an effort at self-preservation on the part of "Great Babylon," "Christendom," when she sees her power in politics,
priestcraft and superstition waning, that the work of truth-spreading will be stopped as detrimental to her system. And probably at this juncture the
Elijah class, persisting in declaring the truth to the last, will suffer violence, pass into glory and escape from the severest features of the great
time of trouble coming.
Although the exact time of the deliveranace or "change" of the last members of the body of Christ is not stated, the approximate time is clearly
manifest, as 'shortly after the door is shut'; after the truth, which Babylon now begins to regard as her enemy shall have become more generally
known and widely circulated.
Paul declares, "We must all be changed (the living no less than the dead saints); this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put
on immortality; for FLESH AND BLOOD cannot inherit the Kingdom of God, neither does corruption inherit incorruption."
And this "change" from mortality to immortality will not be accomplished by gradual development, but it will be instantaneous, "in a moment, in the
twinkling of an eye," under the sounding of the "last trump."
The living who are left over to the presence of the Lord, will by no means precede those who fell asleep (died). Those who sleep in Christ are not
required to wait in sleep for the living members to finish their course, but are resurrected at once, as one of the first acts of the Lord when he
takes his great power.
To be among those who remain is no dishonor. To be the very last one of those to be 'changed' will be no discredit. Several scriptures show that
there is a special work for the last members of the body to do from this side of the veil, as important and as fully a part of Kingdom work as that of
the glorified members on the other side the veil.
These with their message are clearly pointed out by the prophet Isaiah (52:7) as the "feet" or last members of the body of Christ in the flesh, when
he says: "How beautiful upon the mountains [kingdoms] are the feet of him that brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation; that says unto
Zion, 'Thy God REIGNS'" . (current tense)
One by one the "feet" class will pass from the present condition, in which, though often weary and wounded, they are always rejoicing, to the other
side of the veil;-changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.
Those who will be "caught away" from earthly conditions to be united "together with the Lord in the air"-in the spiritual rulership of the world.
The "air" here mentioned pictures spiritual rule or power. Satan has long occupied the position of prince of the power of the air (Eph 2:2).
In due time the present prince of the air shall be bound, and shall deceive no more; and the present heavens, the great Antichrist SYSTEM, will "pass
away with a great noise," while the new prince of the air, the true spiritual ruler, Christ, will take the dominion and establish the "new
heavens," uniting with himself in this power or "air" his bride, the "overcomers" of the Gospel age.
Must all die? Yes; they all consecrated themselves "even unto death". Ps. 82:6 says, "I have said, Ye are gods [might ones]! All of you SONS OF
THE HIGHEST [YHWH]! Yet ye shall ALL DIE LIKE MEN [literally: a man], and fall like one of the princes."
All the bride of Christ, justified by faith are reckoned as free from the sins of Adam and also from the death penalty attached to that sin, in order
that they may share with Christ as co-sacrificers. It is as such co-sacrificers with Christ that the death of the saints is esteemed by God.
"Behold I show you a mystery: "we shall not all sleep." To die is one thing, to "sleep", remain unconscious, dead, is quite another. Our Lord
died and then slept until the third day when the Father raised him up. Paul and the other apostles died and thus "fell asleep," to rest from labor
and weariness, to "sleep in Yeshua" and to wait for the promised resurrection and a share in the Kingdom at the Lord's second advent. "The dead
in Christ shall rise first".
Since the time that Christ has taken his great power and began to exercise his authority, none of his members need to sleep. So, with all of the
"feet" who die since that date, the moment of death is the moment of change. They die as men and like men, but in the same instant they are made
like their Lord, glorious spirit beings. They are caught away from earthly conditions to be forever with the Lord, "in the air," in Kingdom power
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord FROM HENCEFORTH; yea, saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labors, but their works follow with
them. (Rev. 14:13) "The dead who die" is not a mistaken expression. They are reckoned of God as being alread dead, and they are exhorted so also
to reckon themselves.
Each member of the body of Christ must finish his sacrifice in actual death.
The prize of our high calling is not to get out of jail free or be whisked away to the throne of the Almighty but to be obedient "unto death" that
we may be glorified as our Lord was glorified. Christ was given a crown and a throne (rulership), and eternal life (which before only the Father
possessed). Prize indeed!
Christianity's poor version of reward with streets of gold, free bubble-up and rainbow stew is just ridiculous and, frankly, insulting to the
The Father knows how to give good gifts to His sons. We need to be worthy to be called sons and not just servants. Servants are rewarded too (if
faithful, chastised if not).
So, like Paul, let us press on to the prize of the high calling.