THE FIRST AND THE LAST
Dear John and all Doves;
Some study into, and thoughts about, what Jesus meant when He spoke about the first and the last.
The Last shall be First, and the First shall be the Last
Mark 10:31 “But many [that are] first shall be last; and the last first.”
Matt 19:30 “But many [that are] first shall be last; and the last [shall be] first.”
Matt 20:16 “So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.”
Luke 13:30 “And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.”
Everyone Born Again is of SPIRITUAL ISRAEL. The 144,000 will be BORN AGAIN Natural Israel.
Natural Israel, Christ’s Jewish disciples and apostles, were the first to experience being born again and the Gospel was preached to His own people first. Natural Israel will also be the last, to be born again, in the end times, after the Church Age.
The first born of Jesus, sealed and left behind, to save all of His people; Israel united through Jesus and the Holy Spirit.The BRIDE OF CHRIST includes the Church as Spiritual Israel and the 144,000 Two Witnesses as Natural Israel. The marriage is between the BODY and the SPIRIT.
THESE TWO WITNESSES OF 144,000 WILL BE THE FIRST THAT WILL BE LAST. NATURAL ISRAEL WAS CHOSEN FIRST BY GOD, BUT THEY ARE THE LAST TO BECOME BORN AGAIN SPIRITUAL ISRAEL. JUST AS BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS ARE THE LAST THAT WILL BE FIRST, AT THE RAPTURE.
BORN AGAIN NATURAL ISRAEL WAS THE FIRST; FROM WHICH THE CHURCH WAS BORN AND THEY WILL ALSO BE THE LAST TO BE BORN AGAIN.THE GENTILES, WHO WERE NOT OF THE BODY, BUT BELIEVED ON THE SPIRIT, ARE THE BORN AGAIN GENTILES, THAT WERE GRAFTED ONTO THE TREE.
THE AGE OF GRACE IS ALL ABOUT SEEING WITHOUT KNOWING. NATURAL ISRAEL SAW, BUT DID NOT BELIEVE. THEREFORE THE LAST, THE BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN BELIEVERS SHALL BE FIRST, AND THE BORN AGAIN NATURAL BELIEVERS WILL BE THE LAST.
NATURAL ISRAEL WAS THE FIRST; THE TRUE BODY OF THE BODY OF CHRIST, (GOD’S PEOPLE; ISRAEL) BUT A HOUSE DIVIDED FELL INTO TWO DIFFERENT KINGDOMS, THE NORTHERN AND THE SOUTHERN, THE TRIBES FROM THE SPIRIT OF GOD ARE DIVIDED, AS SPIRIT FROM BODY.YET, THESE LAST SHALL BE THE FIRST FRUITS OF THE UNION BETWEEN NATURAL AND SPIRITUAL ISRAEL, AND THEY SHALL BE FIRST IN THE SAVIORS HEART, AS THEY WILL SAVE MANY MORE OF HIS PEOPLE, THAN ALL THE BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS COMBINED!!
Those last workers in the Vineyard, the 144,000, that will get the same payment as the Bride, the Gentile spiritual Israel…they are the last chosen, (the Church) that will be first, just as the Gentile Bride will be first in the Rapture. Both are the Bride of Christ.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus dispatched the 72 disciples, two by two, to preach the Gospel. In the same way, He will be sending out the 144,000 from both Houses of Israel, to travel throughout the cities of the world to proclaim that the kingdom of God is coming soon.
When we multiply 2000 by 72 we find that it equals 144,000. This relates the beginning to the end, and the first to the last.Another indication that we are not just talking about two men here is this verse:
REVELATION 11:7 “When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the Abyss, will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.”
The phrase "make war against them" implies that action against the two witnesses is much more involved than just having two men killed. The Greek word used for "witnesses" in this passage is martusin; the English word "martyr" is derived from the singular form of this Greek word. At the end of their testimony, all 144,000 witnesses will be martyred for God.
Also, the phrase “their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt” represents the whole world that has become like Sodom and Egypt. These witnesses will witness to the whole earth, not just Jerusalem.
The Church and the 144,000
The church evangelized to the world, but the 144,000 will fulfill the Great Commission…both are the first fruits, and both are the BRIDE. The 144,000 foolish virgins wake up, are born again at his call, but they will have to buy, and pay with their lives.
The WISE VIRGINS are SPIRITUAL ISRAEL,(The church and the 144,000, and the FOOLISH VIRGINS ARE NATURAL ISRAEL…THE FIRST CHOSEN, WILL BE LAST RESURRECTED. They are both the FIRST FRUITS, but with different destinations. Natural Israel will evangelize to natural Israel, AS SPIRITUAL ISRAEL and ALSO to the Tribulation saints (the foolish virgins of the Church) to bring in the Wheat and the grape harvest, the great commission preached to all nations through the testimony of the TWO WITNESSES OF GOD.
We are all, the last, whom get to be first. as we are whisked away, in a tide of love, at the Rapture!!
And the sparks just keep flying!! Bless you all for the amazing light pouring forth, it is so exciting!!
Your Sister in Christ,Patti C.