END-TIME WORK, PART 1

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

God claims in Amos 8:11 that he will send a famine of the word:

11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.

“We need your money, money, money so we can do a work, work, work!” Matthew 24:14 and 28:19-20 are used by the Synagogue of Satan to take tithe money from trusting sheep (this is known as “fleecing the sheep”).

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

These Bible verses are easily used to keep the money pouring in, and to make you and me feel good about doing “the work.” On and on this goes…The Worldwide Church of God did this “great work.” But, the end didn’t come. Now, the splinter groups of this organization are duplicating this lie with their own versions of how the end-time work should be done.

Nobody wants to pay attention to what the Bible has to say about the end-time work. Who does it? How is it financed? When does it start? Many other vital points concerning this end time work of God go ignored. That is why I am writing this lengthy written paper, addressing the actual nitty-gritty of the end-time work.

Romans 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: 28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. 29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.

Romans 9:27 is taken from Isaiah 10:22:

22 For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness. 23 For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land.

Notice how verse 22 reads in the Amplified Bible: “For though your population, O’ Israel, be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of it will return [and survive]. The fully completed destruction is decreed—decided upon and brought to an issue; it overflows with justice and righteousness [the infliction of just punishment].

“Remnant,” in Isaiah 10:22, is Strong’s #7605: “a remainder, other, remnant, reserve, the rest.”

“Consumption,” in Isaiah 10:22, is Strong’s #3631: “pining, destruction…”

“Consumption” in verse 23 is Strong’s #3617: “completion, completely,” also “destruction…”

God claims in Romans 9:28 that He is doing this work and that He will cut it short. This is definitely ear-marked end-time in Romans 9:29:

28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. 29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodom, and been made like unto Gomorrha.

Ezekiel 5:1 And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber’s razor, and cause it to pass upon thine head and upon thy beard: then take thee balances to weigh, and divide the hair. 2 Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take a third part, and smite about it with a knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them. 3 Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts. 4 Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.

Notice verse 2, a third part is burned with fire. Clean bombs make it possible to come in afterwards with the troops. To “smite about with a knife” means to butcher. Another third part is scattered into the wind, or put on the run. Apparently, many of these will be killed also, because God draws a sword out after them.

Verse 3 refers to a place of safety for some. Not necessarily THE place of safety, but this group is protected at this point.

Notice in verse 4, take of them again, “take of them again” means reach back into those that you have been taking from all along. These are the disobedient virgins of Luke 1:17. These virgins have a hard time getting their act together, so they end up in the prison camps, and we will soon see that God sends Elijah to them.

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

As we go along, we will notice how God is doing this work. Punishment is a part of this work. The punishment is directed to the world at large, and also directed at Israel. Is he using your corporate organization to do this work of punishment? One phase of God’s work is ending, the one that has been going on since righteous Abel, and is described in Revelation 14:1,3 and 4:

1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. 4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

Why do I say this phase is ending at this point? The end-time phase of God’s work is described in Revelation 7:1-4, 9, 13 and 14. When we see this phase starting to bear fruit through Elijah, we can know the first phase is completed.

Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

9 After this 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;

13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Notice in verse 3 that the tribulation is held up until these people are sealed. We will study this in detail later in this paper.

Three lead characters are identified in the Bible as doing this end time work, under God’s directions. There is a large amount of information concerning how Elijah will be doing his job. He has three phases to his assignment. The two witnesses will be doing their job while Elijah is carrying out phase three of his assignment. The two witnesses have a time limit imposed on them:

Revelation 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Elijah’s work will, no doubt, take quite a number of years to complete, since he is a one-man operation, and the ten virgins are scattered throughout the world. The five wise virgins have a very important part to play in the end-time work. This is described in Daniel 12, and Revelation 3, which we will study later in detail. Because of the disobedience of part of the five wise virgins, Elijah’s last phase will no doubt involve some tough work and times. This last phase will run simultaneously with the two witnesses.

Satan will have his counterfeit Elijahs doing their thing, and they shall deceive many—even, if it were possible, the very elect:

Matthew 24: 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Will the end time Elijah be doing miracles? There are verses that seem to indicate yes and no.

John 10:41 And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

It’s obvious that John the Baptist did no miracles. But it’s also obvious that the end-time Elijah comes in the spirit and power of the original Elijah. The original Elijah did tremendous miracles.

It is hard to visualize how the last phase can be accomplished without staggering miracles in magnitude of those of the original Elijah. Elijah will not be doing miracles to convince people to repent—it just won’t happen:

Luke 16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

This surely says that miracles won’t be performed to convince someone to be saved. We have to choose daily whether or not we are going to be saved:

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

Before getting into the specific aspects of the end-time work and how it is to be done, let’s examine the financing of this work, as spelled out by Jesus Christ. Will we listen to what He says? Or, instead, will we go on with our ideas that we have been brainwashed into believing by the synagogue of Satan? Who is the Bible primarily written for? The end-time Christians:

1 Corinthians 10: 11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

Notice the deadly warning given to us in verse 12, above.

Turn to the parable of the pounds in Luke 19:

Luke 19:13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

“Pounds” is Strong’s #3414. Strong’s definition of this Greek word “mina” is: “this equals a certain weight…”

Zodhiates Complete Word Study Dictionary says of this word “mina,” Strong’s #3414: “In the New Testament, mina is a silver coin, estimated by weight, containing one hundred drachmae and being itself the sixth part of a talent…”

Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary says of Strong’s #3414: “It’s both a weight and a sum of money.”

Unger’s Bible Dictionary says of “pound” in Luke 19:13: “Probably a Greek weight used as money of account.”

The Amplified Bible New American Standard says it was about twenty dollars.

The NIV and the New King James say it’s about three months wages.

This “pound” of Luke 19:13 certainly refers to money. Now, remember who the Bible is written for— the end-time Christians:

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

This means us, the ten virgins:

Matthew 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

Notice this verse is red-letter, meaning it came straight from Christ’s mouth.

Let’s continue with the parable of the pounds in Luke 19:

Luke 19:13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

Notice, these servants were called:

John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Notice that God put these servants in charge of His money. The word “occupy” in Luke 19:13 is Strong’s #4231, meaning “to busy oneself with, i.e. to trade:-occupy.”  Some translations say “put this money to work,” or “do business with,” or “buy and sell with.”

When I was called in 1966, Christ didn’t hand me a bag of His money, but I now realize that I had HIS MONEY in my possession: the tithes and offerings that I so dutifully sent in to the headquarters of the Worldwide Church of God. There have been many accusations that church officials used God’s money to live in grandeur, travel the world in corporate jets, do a counterfeit end-time work, etc. “Pay and pray”— that’s what we were intimidated into doing. Whether or not the accusations are true about misuse of funds makes no difference. I do know that we did a counterfeit work.

In Acts 17:30, God says that He has “winked at,” or overlooked, our ignorance. However, the Bible is written for the end-time Christians, and we are now commanded to repent:

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

The warning in verse twelve means exactly what it says.

The end-time Elijah will no doubt hit hard on this commandment to repent, as he tries to make ready a people prepared for the Lord:

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Continuing with the parable of the pounds:

Luke 19:15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

God calls these servants to account to see what they had done with the money He gave them (HIS TITHES AND OFFERINGS).

Luke 19:16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. 17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. 18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. 19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.

These verses show the wise use of God’s money. Later, we will take a detailed look at the wise use of the money that God has consigned to us for the purpose of doing the end-time work.

Now, back to verse 20 of Luke 19. Here is an example of unwise use of God’s money:

Luke 19:20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:

He said, “Here is your money that I have kept under the mattress,” or “I hid it in the cookie jar.” This man did absolutely nothing with God’s money. He was a fraidy-cat, a wimp. He had no faith. He would not step out and use God’s money in a wise manner. Or, maybe he sent it to one of the many churches of Satan’s corporate offices—maybe a splinter group of the Worldwide Church of God—so that they could do another counterfeit “end-time work.”

Now read verse 21 of Luke 19. This wimpy, wicked servant was pleading his case.

Luke 19:21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.

Also notice Revelation 21:8:

8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

These who are fearful and unbelieving will not be in the kingdom…these wimps.

Luke 19:22 gives Christ’s response to this man pleading his case:

Luke 19:22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:

Christ’s response was: “you wicked servant, why did you put my money under the mattress? Why did you give my money to the synagogue of Satan? You wanted to be a member of the Philadelphian church. I warned you that there was a synagogue of Satan in your midst, but you would not believe my word.”

Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

“I told you in Ezekiel 34:1-10, that there were no shepherds at the end-time. Notice what I said in verses 5 and 8. But, here again, you would not believe my word.”

Ezekiel 34:5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered…..8 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;

“Where in my word,” Christ says to this man, “did I tell you to send my money to a corporate organization? My instructions to you were in Luke 19:23:”

Luke 19:23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?

“If you were not going to use my money wisely like the two preceding servants, you should have put my money in the bank like I told you to. It was in your control. I did not tell you to give it away!”

The word “bank” is Strong’s #5132, meaning “(fig. a broker office for loans at interest)…”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study Dictionary says of this word “bank,” Strong’s #5132, “see Strong’s #2773, a changer of money, and Strong’s #2855, a coin dealer, hence, generally, a broker’s office or bank where money is deposited and loaned out… (Luke 19:23).”

Vine’s Dictionary basically says the same thing of Luke 19:23.

We have no authority from Jesus Christ to do anything with His money except to use it wisely (Luke 19:16-19) or put His money in the bank to draw interest.

Luke 19:16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. 17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. 18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. 19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.

The only other authority from Christ is to put the money in the bank to draw interest:

Luke 19:23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?

These instructions from Christ give us no authority to give His money to a corporate organization, so that they can use this money (His tithes and offerings) for you. You and I are accountable for it. Remember the instructions on the word “occupy” in Luke 19:13—to busy yourselves with.

Daniel 12:3 and Revelation 3:7-8 tell us how this money can be used wisely to carry out the instructions. Elijah will be a one man operation and will need help. Is there any way that he can go one on one with a 144,000 plus the multitude that no man can number?

Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

How can we turn many to righteousness?

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; 8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Will we go through this open door and use our “little strength” wisely?

Later, we will discuss these two scriptures in more detail.

Now, let’s examine the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:

Matthew 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

The word “talents” is Strong’s #5007, meaning “a balance (as supporting weights), i.e. (by impl.) a certain weight (and thence a coin, or rather a sum of money) or talent…”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study Dictionary gives the history of Strong’s #5007, “talent,” and it’s approximate worth today—One thousand dollars. “Whatever it’s exact value in the New Testament, a talent indicates a large sum of money.”

Zondervan’s Expository Dictionary of the Bible Words says a talent “represents about 6000 days wages.” Here again, we have the same scenario played out, except that larger sums of money are involved—GOD’S money (HIS TITHES AND OFFERINGS).

Did the man with the five talents accomplish more of Daniel 12:3—turning many to righteousness?

Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; 8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Did he (the person in Daniel 12:3) recognize this open door and, with God’s help, really stretch his “little strength” to the maximum.

At Christ’s coming, He calls the servants to account. That is, He calls US to account, the end-time virgins. All ten virgins start (Matthew 25:7), but only five cross the finish line (Matthew 25:10-12).

To use God’s tithe and offering money wisely means helping in the end-time work. As in the parable of the pounds, the man with the pound, the man with one talent did nothing. Christ reprimands this spiritual wimp:

Matthew 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

In verse 27, Christ tells him what he should have done with the money if he wasn’t going to use it wisely, as the preceding two servants had. At least he could have done that much right:

Matthew 25:27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

“Exchangers” in verse 27 is Strong’s #5133, meaning “a money-broker or banker; – exchanger.”  Zodhiates gives the same definition.

Here again, the man was told: “you should have put the money in the bank!” There was no permission to give it to any corporate organization to spend for us. God, in his ultimate wisdom, knew that if these instructions were followed there would be no hierarchical systems of church government in place at the end time, no deeds of the Nicolaitans.

Revelation 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate…15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

Nicolaitans is Strong’s #3531, from Strong’s #3532, and means “a Nicolaite, i.e. adherent of Nicolaus…” 3532 means “victorious over the people…” Unger’s Bible Handbook says of “Nicolaitans” in Revelation 2:6-7, “Some take this symbolism, however, as indicating the origin of clericalism (nikao, ‘conquer,’ and laos, ‘people’), making them a group that early favored a clerical system which later developed into the papal hierarchy…”

If Christ’s instructions were followed, no one (THE “NO SHEPHERDS” OF EZEKIEL 34:5,8) would be ruling over God’s people with cruelty and force:

Ezekiel 34:4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

The parable of the pounds and the parable of the talents play out the same scenario. Servants are called and given charge of God’s money. Two use the money wisely. One doesn’t use it at all and is called to account by Christ at His return. Remember, the Bible is written for the end-time Christians (1 Corinthians 10:11) who are awakened by the cry at midnight (Matthew 25:6).

Matthew 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Christ never grants us permission to use His money in any way other than that laid out in the Bible. We are warned, being the Philadelphian church members of the end time, about a synagogue of Satan in our midst (Revelation 3:9). We are also warned that there are NO end-time shepherds (Ezekiel 34:5 and 8).

Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

The “no shepherds” in Ezekiel 34:5 and 8 are the leaders of this synagogue of Satan:

Ezekiel 34:5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered…..8 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;

We, as end-time virgins being awakened by the cry at midnight, will do well to hear the voice of the Shepherd:

John 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers……16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd…..27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Remember the way we are judged:

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Regardless of what we think, or want the Bible to say, we are judged by what is written in the books, according to our works.

God gives us the results of His work down through the millennia in Revelation 14:1 and 4:

1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads…..4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

The numbers of saved humans will be 144,000. This is the entire harvest of the firstfruits up until the point in history when the tribulation starts. The tribulation is held up so that an additional 144,000, plus a multitude that no man can number, are harvested. Notice the 144,000 in Revelation 14 will include every saved being up to the start of the tribulation: Abel, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Peter, Paul, John… plus the people who have qualified since the time of the original apostles down to the start of the tribulation. God is very precise. The number won’t be 144,001. His creation indicates how incredible his precision is. The sunrises, sunsets, full moons, new moons, etc., are all examples of His precision.

You would think by the way Matthew 22:8 reads that during this 6,000 year span God had called enough people to fill the 144,000 seats:

Matthew 22:8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.

Did all those who were called fail to respond? This parable of the marriage supper seems to indicate that the invited group did not even produce a few wedding guests. (See my paper “The Marriage Supper” for a detailed look at this important parable). The last part of verse 8 says that those who were called were not worthy. Verse 5 gives us a list of their excuses.

In what period of time since Adam, Eve, and righteous Abel does this parable take place? The Bible gives us no indication, but you would have to suspect that it was from Christ’s time on. There is no indication of mass additions to what would have been God’s church before then. We have a list of the prophets, judges, etc., who God used down through the years. Acts 2:41 gives us the first indication of massive amounts of converts being added to the church:

Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

Acts 5:14 also gives indications of large numbers of new converts being added to the church:

Acts 5:14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.

“Multitudes” is Strong’s #4128, meaning “a fullness, i.e. a large number, throng, populous…” Probably this was the first calling of large numbers into God’s church. Also, at this time we see the first indication of large-scale rejection of God by disciples:

John 6: 60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?…..66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

Back to the parable of the Marriage Supper in Matthew 22:9. God sends his servants out to make another calling. Eventually, all the 144,000 seats are filled:

Matthew 22:9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

Matthew 22:6 shows us to what depth humans can sink after they reject a calling from God and the seed of the Holy Spirit. Notice that they took His servants and slew them (murdered them). “Servants” in this case refers to the hand-picked men of God that He has used down through the centuries to attempt to fill the seats at the banquet table:

Matthew 22: 6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.

Revelation 6:9-11 gives us more information about the servants killed for the word of God:

Revelation 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

In verse 10, the slain are communicating with Christ. In verse 11, Christ answers them, and they are told to rest for “a little season.”

“Season” is Strong’s #5550 and means “a space of time…” Apparently, these spirit essences are aware of what is going on. Otherwise, how do they communicate with God and him communicate back? Notice also that this time setting must be while the tribulation is in progress. John saw this when the fifth seal was opened, then verse 12 moves on to the 6th seal:

Revelation 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

Notice also that the slain under the altar, in verse 11, are told to rest “until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” They are told that they have brethren who are yet to be slain. Why does God give us this information? It stands to reason that a portion of God’s saved people will just die of natural causes. Certainly the souls of those living in the end time, who die a natural death just prior to the tribulation, as well as those who are alive in the place of safety, will be stored somewhere, but apparently not under the altar if they died a natural death. Could it be that the ones martyred will receive a greater reward? My guess is that this is not necessarily so. The saints martyred after the fifth seal must be the disobedient wise virgins who have to be thrown into the tribulation, into prison camps, before they will repent. We could easily think that the martyred saints deserve a greater reward, but remember that we are rewarded according to our works. Possibly, those martyred in the end time were not producing enough fruit prior to the tribulation to be taken to the place of safety where they would live under the shadow of the Almighty:

Psalms 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

However, there are other possibilities, so we can’t jump to hasty conclusions. Maybe the saints under the altar were martyred in spite of the fact that they were producing abundant fruit. For them, martyrdom was not necessarily a last-ditch effort to save them, as it will be with the disobedient end-time virgins, (Luke 1:17). So maybe the saints under the altar will receive a higher reward for abundant fruit and martyrdom. Maybe we won’t fully understand this until the resurrection.

Let’s finish with this parable in Matthew 22. Verse 14 should fill us with alarm and fear:

Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

“Many” is Strong’s #4183, and means “much (in any respect), many, largely…”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study Dictionary says of “many”: “Much of number, quantity, amount.”

The word “few” is Strong’s #3641 and means “puny (in extent, degree, number, duration, or value).”

Webster’s II New Collegiate Dictionary defines “puny” as “inferior in strength, size, or importance).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study Dictionary says of the same word “few”: “small or little, the opposite of Strong’s 4183.., the word for ‘many.'”

Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary says of “few”: “used of number, quantity, and size. Denotes few, little, small or slight…”

This should certainly make us tremble at the word of God and be highly alarmed that God has to call many to get a few. To get 144,000, how many million people did the Father and Christ have to sift through? This surely makes me tremble at God’s word.

This parable of the Marriage Supper gives a brief history, or sketch, of God’s work down through the almost 6000 years until the time of the tribulation.

Now, for a bit of digression.   1 Corinthians 10:11-12 makes a statement that is very alarming, especially when full meaning of the verses really hits you:

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

This is a warning to the tares and the good seed gone bad.  Jeremiah 23:20 gives us another warning:

20 The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.

“Consider” is Strong’s #995, meaning “to separate mentally (or distinguish) i.e. (gen. Understand)…”

“Perfectly” is Strong’s #998, meaning “understanding…” It is taken from the above #995. The RSV translates this verse, “in the latter days you will understand it clearly.” The Amplified Bible says “in the latter days you shall consider it and understand perfectly.” The NAS says “in the last days, you will clearly understand it.” The NIV says “in days to come, you will understand it clearly.”

God claims that in the latter days we will clearly understand His word regarding His anger. The end-time prophecies are well supplied and documented with His anger and the thoughts of His heart. The parable of the Marriage Supper shows us just one example of His anger:

Matthew 22:7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

We will see more as we proceed with a study of the end-time work.  Christians who are alive at the end of the age need to understand the end-time work and be responsible for our part in carrying out this work. Jeremiah 23:20 should become more clear as we move through it now.

Jeremiah 23:20 The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.

As we get into the serious study of the end-time work, we need to consider many things up front. Read Amos 8:11:

11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

We are now experiencing this famine of the word. That is why the cry at midnight has to occur—to break the famine. Notice verse 12 of Amos 8:

12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

You know how it is in 1998. We go from group to group, from splinter group to splinter group, from living room church to living room church, yet that inner craving of the Holy Spirit is not fed. It is starving for the true word of God. As Elijah gets the cry at midnight underway, the craving will be fed.

We, as true Christians, are to follow the instructions of Matthew 4:4:

4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Yet, there is no one to teach us. The famine of the word is severe. All Christians should do a serious study of Ezekiel 34:5 and 8 to see why there is a severe famine of the word.

Ezekiel 34:5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered…..8 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;

Even the shepherds whom God will eventually claim (“My shepherds”) aren’t getting the job done, as you can see in the last part of verse 8. You would certainly have to take away from the scriptures to say that verses 1 through 4 don’t apply today, in 1998:

Ezekiel 34:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? 3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock. 4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

Only a gross rejection of scriptures could eliminate the relevance of verse 6 to today’s conditions:

Ezekiel 34:6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.

In verse 10, Jesus Christ takes a direct hand in this situation:

Ezekiel 34:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.

And from there on through the rest of the chapter, the millennium is obviously taking shape. Read verses 12-14 and 24 for yourself.

We need to take the above verses seriously, as the five wise virgins will. But, the five foolish virgins will pass such knowledge off lightly. That’s why they are foolish.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

“Admonition” is Strong’s #3559 and means “calling attention to, i.e. (by impl.) mild rebuke or warning…”  Verse 12 describes the weeds and three categories of good seed gone bad (The Parable of the Sower) who think they stand. But we are judged by what is written in the books, not by what we think:

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

However, if there is a famine of the word, God doesn’t necessarily hold us accountable for certain amount of ignorance. He, being a merciful God, has “winked at” or overlooked our ignorance:

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

But we are commanded to repent as the famine of the word eases off and as God begins to do the end-time work through the three main characters that he has chosen—Elijah and the two witnesses.

The Bible is written for us…

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

…and we are judged by what is written in the books…

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

…and we are commanded to live Philippians 2:5:

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

What is the mind of Christ? It is the Bible. This Bible has many warnings, instructions, and principles to live by. Notice Hosea 4:6:

6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Who are God’s people? First, and foremost, they are the end-time Christians, for whom the Bible is written, upon whom the ends of the world have come (1 Corinthians 10:11).

Will you be rejected from being a priest because you rejected knowledge? We will be tested as we proceed through the rest of this paper on the end-time work.

Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel…..9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindred’s, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;…..14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

This is the end-time work for Elijah. Notice Romans 9:28. Who claims that He will do this end-time work, and cut it short in righteousness?

Romans 9:28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

Let’s study one of the main characters God will use in this end-time work:

Malachi 4: 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

Also notice that this is a one-man show. God doesn’t say that He will send Elijah, and his board of elders, or Elijah and his group of advisors, or Elijah with his hierarchical system beneath him.

Matthew 17:10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? 11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

In verse 10, the disciples asked Christ why Elijah must first come. In verse 11, He said that Elijah must come and restore all things. The disciples had just witnessed the vision of Moses, Elijah, and Christ in their spirit bodies:

Matthew 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

They understood that Elijah was to come before the Kingdom, but they did not understand that Christ was to come twice. Notice in verse 12, Christ said that he (Elijah) had come already, yet, in verse 11, He said that Elijah was yet to come. In verse 13, the disciples finally understood. John the Baptist was already dead at this point. To “restore all things” means restoring the things necessary for salvation. To “restore all things” does NOT mean restoring the balance in nature or rain in due season, etc.

More on Elijah’s job description is found in Luke 1:17:

17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Notice the statement, “the hearts of the fathers to the children.” This is a quote from Malachi 4:6:

Malachi 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Notice also the last phrase of Luke 1:17: [and he shall turn] “the disobedient to the wisdom of the just.” Some of the five wise virgins are disobedient, and will end up in the prison camps. Remember that in Revelation 7:1-4 John sees 144,000 sealed of the tribes of Israel, and in verses 9 and 14 he sees a group that no man can number. In reality, the reason that they can’t be numbered, is that God cannot be certain exactly how many people will reject the calling, and message of Elijah. This work starts when the tribulation is held up. The other phase of God’s work is done—the 144,000 taken from among men (or nations) in Revelation 14 have already died and qualified for salvation. Now God is going after the 144,000 Israelites.

Luke 14:16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: 17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

This is the first phase of Elijah’s work—the cry at midnight:

Matthew 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

As this gets underway, Elijah will have some help. He will operate alone to start with, but as the virgins wake up and learn about the end-time work and their part in it, they will begin to help. It just isn’t realistic to think that Elijah can deal with this number of people one-on-one.

Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Who are “they” that turned many to righteousness? They are the true Philadelphians of Revelation 3: 7-8:

Rev 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; 8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Elijah will not be ruling over God’s people. God hates the deeds of the Nicolaitans:

Revelation 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate…..15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

There are at least four different papers that deal with this word “Nicolaitans.” A personal study of your own will quickly show why God hates it. Nicolaitans conquer or bind the common people. To any of you so-called ministers out there who rule over God’s true sheep using a hierarchical system: GOD HATES YOUR DEEDS! SATAN HAS GIVEN YOU YOUR POWER. AND YOU ARE STANDING IN DEFIANCE OF GOD’S WORD.

The Bible is very clear about who the elders are and how they should be selected:

Titus 1:5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

The word “ordain” is Strong’s #2525, meaning “to place down (permanently) i.e. (fig to designate, constitute, convoy:–appoint, be, conduct, make, ordain, set.” Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament adds “to make somebody something, to put in a situation or position.”

1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine.

Who are “they who labor in the word and doctrine?” They are the teachers. Now, tie in Acts 14:23:

Acts 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

“Ordained” is Strong’s #5500, meaning “a hand reacher or voter…”

Only Christ should rule over God’s people. When things are done properly, the true sheep will follow God’s instructions regarding the selection of elders and how they are put in office.

I repeat again, this Elijah character will not be ruling over God’s people. God’s true sheep will not allow it. They know what’s going on. Philippians 2:12 means exactly what it says:

12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

This means me, this means you. The Bible doesn’t say “work out your own salvation with some Hitler-type person standing between you and God.” Elijah will only be saying words that will shock us awake and cause us to repent, to prepare us for the marriage supper:

Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Now read John 4:34-38:

34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. 35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

John 4:34: What should be the end-time Christian’s “meat,” so to speak? The end-time Christian’s meat should be doing the Father’s will, just as it was Christ’s. The five wise virgins will pick up on God’s will through the pages of the Bible and the shocking truths that Elijah hits us with.

John 4:35: We are shocked into spiritual consciousness by the cry at midnight when it comes to us. Remember how it started with John the Baptist:

Matthew 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

Notice it says “the voice of ONE crying in the wilderness.” How much impact did one man make? God used it, and multiplied it as He saw fit. Regardless of the Worldwide impact of Elijah’s message, or THE LACK OF IT, when you are shocked into consciousness by this man, your accountability starts.

John 4:36-38: This is where we, as individuals, start to fit into this process of doing the end-time work. The true Philadelphians have “works:”

Revelation 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

We will recognize this open door that Christ sets before us. The results of this open door are described in Daniel 12:3:

3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Will you be one of these people who turn many to righteousness? We as individuals will have resources for doing this. Remember the parables of the pounds and the talents. The wise servant’s talents and pounds gained. Did they gain by turning many to righteousness, as in Daniel 12:3? By recognizing, and going through this open door that Christ sets before them in Revelation 3:8?

Now, are ladies restricted in this end-time work? Well, according to the Nicolaitans, the hierarchists who rule over God’s people brutally in the end time, women would be restricted.

Ezekiel 34: 4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with forceand with cruelty have ye ruled them.

The Bible states that women can’t teach in a formal church service:

1 Timothy 2:12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

But, another obvious point that is made in the scriptures:

Acts 8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. 4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

Who preached the gospel? Verse 1 describes a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem. They were all scattered abroad, except the apostles. Now, notice what happened in verse 4 when they were scattered: They went everywhere preaching the word. Does the Bible say only men? Absolutely not! It says in verse one that the persecution was against the church in general, not against the men only. In verse 4, they were all preaching the word. We need to wake up and pay attention to what our Bible is telling us.

How could you or I, as individuals, turn many to righteousness? Here are some examples:

When you recognize the cry at midnight, and are shocked awake by spiritual truth, will you be a wise virgin? Will you use God’s tithe money wisely?

Matt 25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

Luke 19:16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.

…Or will you hide God’s tithe money in the earth? A wise use of God’s tithe money could be to make copies of papers or tapes and forward them to friends who are of like-mind. If you don’t have a tape duplicator or a copy machine, you could use God’s tithe money to buy one, to further Elijah’s message. You could buy postage or long distance phone service to further spread God’s word, rent meeting halls, and who knows what other methods you could use in your particular part of the world. This could certainly be an example of walking through the door (Revelation 3:7-8) and you may certainly be turning many to righteousness (Daniel 12:3). You would certainly be reaping where another man (Elijah) has sowed:

John 4:36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

You would also be following the examples in Acts 8:1 and 4:

Acts 8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles…..4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

And you wouldn’t be wasting God’s tithe money on the Synagogue of Satan.

Matthew 9:37-38 and Luke 10:2 both say that the harvest is great and the laborers are few:

Matthew 9:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Luke 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

“Few” is Strong’s #3641, meaning “puny, (in extent, degree, number, duration, or value)…” Webster’s II New Collegiate Dictionary defines “puny” as “inferior in strength, size, or importance).”

Remember 1 Corinthians 10:11—the Bible is written for us. “Few” is a relative word and here again only the few will be saved in the first resurrection. At the start of the end time harvest, there will be only a few laborers. The potential harvest is the ten virgins, but five blow it. Part of the other five have to be turned to the wisdom of the just, because they are disobedient (Luke 1:17). Turning the foolish to the wisdom of the just is our work as helpers of Elijah, (Daniel 12:3, Revelation 3:7-8), as well as spreading the shocking truths that wake us up.

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

We will have the tithe money that God has entrusted to each of us. We will have a variety of opportunities for using Gods’ tithe money wisely. These will, no doubt, vary quite a bit depending on the nation of the world you live in.

This relative few that begins helping Elijah, as they are exposed to the cry at midnight, will eventually grow to the 144,000 plus the multitude that no man can number described in Revelation 7:1-4, 9, and 14. This is the same “few” mentioned many times in the New Testament who will be saved:

Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Matthew 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Luke 13:23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved?

Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

So, how many millions does God have to sift through to get the 144,000 from Israel, plus the multitude that no man can number, apparently from all nations? If half of the virgins are foolish, you can double the number in Revelation 7:1-4, 9 and 14. But these are the ones that had accepted the callings and then turned foolish. Vast numbers reject the calling and never reach virgin status. They are the tares and the good seed that go bad in Matthew 13.

We are standing on the brink of the end-time harvest:

Mark 4:29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

Rev 14:15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

Will we be doing our jobs as wise virgins by helping with the end-time work being accomplished during the first two phases of Elijah’s work? The third phase will probably be done by him alone, or in conjunction of the two witnesses.

There will surely be many sad scenarios being played out in the end time, causing many to lose their salvation. What if God calls Elijah from your home town, from your group of Christian friends? Can we overcome the human nature that Christ spoke of in Matthew 13:57, Mark 6:1-6 and John 4:44?

Matthew 13:57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

Mark 6:1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. 2 And when the Sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. 4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. 5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. 6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

John 4:44 For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.

Will we be so unbelieving of the truths that God shocks us with, through Elijah’s message, that we will reject the message because of the messenger? Will we think, if he comes from our group of Christian friends or our home town, “Oh, we’ve known him for ex-number of years…He’s just a clerk, (or a construction worker, or a miner, or a lumberjack). He’s not educated. He’s uncouth.” You know what many thought of Christ: “Oh! He’s just a carpenter. He’s just Joseph’s son.”

Or consider David, when Samuel was sent to anoint him as king of Israel. No one thought that David might be a candidate. All his brothers were passed before Samuel and rejected before David was even considered. It’s sad, but the Bible indicates that most, if not all, of Elijah’s acquaintances will not recognize him, with the possible exception of a few family members. Consider the case with Christ—His mother understood, and at least one brother of Jesus.

Another sad scenario is described in Revelation 16:15:

15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

“Watcheth,” Strong’s #1127, means “to keep awake…” Can we do our part as individuals, and even go above and beyond the call of duty? Could we possibly keep some of these people awake, by poking them in the spiritual ribs? Could enough effort be exerted to turn the results into six wise virgins and four foolish? Could it be done? Maybe, maybe not. I would certainly like to think it’s possible.

Let’s go on to phase two of Elijah’s work. Does God have to make another calling? Verse 21 of Luke 14 seems to indicate that He does.

Luke 14:21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.

Is this a complete new calling? Apparently it is. The cry at midnight went out in verse 17:

Luke 14:17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. 18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. 19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. 20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

The virgins woke up at supper time and made these excuses before going back to sleep. During this period of time, the cares of the world, presented and pressured by Satan, carried the foolish virgins away.

Notice verse 24:

Luke 14:24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

“Men” is Strong’s #435: “a man, (probably as an individual male) fellow, husband, man, sir.”

Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the New Testament says, “man, male, as contrasted with the generic Strong’s #444, which may refer to either sex…A man as distinguished from a woman or a child, a man as related to a woman, a husband.”

“None” is Strong’s #3762: “not even one (man woman or thing) i.e. none nobody, nothing…”

Zodhiates says of #3762, “not even one, not the least, not a one…”

Clearly, not one of the men that had the calling extended to them accepted it. The women did, or at least a part of them.

As an aside, I suspect that this parable is regarding a specific fold of God’s sheep, probably the largest at the end time:

John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

Regardless of which fold we are in, Christ has other folds at the end time, probably seven. There are the seven angels of the seven churches of Revelation 2 and 3:

Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

The seven churches (or church attitudes) are spread throughout the world in the end time:

Zechariah 3:9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.

Zechariah 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

Back to Luke 12:21. Is this a second calling? Apparently so, for God’s servant, Elijah, is sent out to the streets and lanes of Luke 14:21, to bring in the poor, maimed, halt and blind.

“Streets” is Strong’s #4113: “a wide plat or place i.e. open square…”

“Lanes” is Strong’s #4505: “in its original sense an alley or avenue, (as crowded) lane or street.”

Christ sends His servant to the places where the people he is dealing with are located. He uses a servant, but Christ is doing the work:

Romans 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: 28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. 29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.

Let’s examine the poor, the maimed, the halt, and the blind of Luke 14:21:

“Poor” is Strong’s #4434: “a beggar (as cringing) i.e. pauper…”

“Maimed” is Strong’s #376: “maimed, crippled…”

“Halt” is Strong’s #5560: “halt i.e. limping, crippled, halt, lame.”

“Blind” is Strong’s #5185: “(as if smoky) i.e. blind, (physical or mental)…”

Christ sends Elijah to the hurting, dejected people that they might have a chance to hear His message. Do the true Philadelphians of Revelation 3:7-8, who go through this door that Christ sets before them, help Elijah reach these people?

Do the Daniel 12:3 people help turn many to righteousness?

Christ’s efforts through Elijah and his helpers are directed at filling the empty seats at the banquet table. Many of the empty seats were abandoned by the men, not the women, of Luke 14:24. If this is not another calling, I don’t know what it is. This will all clear up as we get into doing the work with Elijah.

Now let’s go on to the third phase of Elijah’s work and the work of two witnesses.

Luke 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

Notice that “servant” is singular, and includes no corporate organization.

“Highways” is Strong’s #3598, meaning “a road, by impl., a progress, (the route, at, distance,) fig. a mod or means…” In other words, it’s an access, a means of entry, or a window. God tells Elijah to “go where they are.”

“Hedges” is Strong’s #5418, meaning “a fence, or enclosing barrier (lit. or fig.) hedge…” Zodhiates Complete Word Study Dictionary New Testament says of “hedges”: “to fence, a fence, hedge, a thorn hedge around a vineyard, besides which was often a wall…” Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary says, “denotes any sort of fence, hedge, paling or wall (akin to pharsso, which means to fence in, to stop)…” Webster’s definition of “paling” is a row of upright pointed sticks…

This is very obviously referring to some type of prison. This is where the disobedient virgins of Luke 1:17 are, and God sends his servant, Elijah, into the prisons after them.

Christ has gotten fed up with the disobedient virgins’ attitudes of disbelief in response to the message of His servant, Elijah. Yet, He still has hope for them, so He turns loose the fury of the tribulation upon them but keeps them alive. He then has to send Elijah to them, to “compel” them to repent (Luke 14:23).

“Compel” is Strong’s #315, meaning “to necessitate, compel, constrain.”

Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the New Testament says of this word “compel”: “by importunate persuasion…” According to Webster’s II New College Dictionary, this word “importunate,” means “stubbornly or unreasonably persistent in pressing demands or requests.”

Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary says of “compel”: “1. anankazo (315) denotes ‘to put constraint upon (from ananke, ‘necessity’), to constrain, whether by threat, entreaty, force or persuasion’; Christ ‘constrained’ the disciples to get into a boat, Matt. 14:22; Mark 6:45; the servants of the man who made a great supper were to constrain people to come in, Luke 14:23…”

Christ still has hope for these disobedient virgins who have suffered His wrath in the fury of the tribulation. He sends Elijah to them out of love, wanting to salvage every human that He can, while staying inside the guidelines that He and the father have laid down for themselves:

Hebrews 11:6 is a must read.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

This “faith” of Hebrews 11:6 would convict us of Revelation 20:12:

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Another “must” for humans is to live by every word of God:

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

God sends Elijah into the hedges, or the prison camps, through the highways—the places of entry, the windows of access—to compel these disobedient virgins to get it together. Hopefully, Hosea 5:15 will apply to them:

15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.

Whether they are taken to the place of safety, or forced to pay the ultimate price through martyrdom, I don’t know.

Although John 10:41 clearly states that John the Baptist did no miracles, it’s hard to understand how Elijah will do phase three with his work without the use of miracles. After all, he comes in the spirit and power of Elijah, (Luke 1:17). The original Elijah did many mighty miracles. These prisons could be whole nations, or parts of nations, in various parts of the world. Notice that the word “hedges” is plural, meaning more than one.

Let us suppose that 500 million Israelites are alive when the tribulation begins. If we are correct in our understanding of the prophecies, a tithe (one tenth) of Israel will be spared, (but there is significant indication in both the Old and New Testaments that this number might be smaller). The spared population in this scenario would be 50 million. If you transport ten million conquered, vanquished, defeated people to a given area, nation or part of a nation, surrounded by hostile territory on all four sides, you have a prison camp. The tribulation prison camp probably won’t be a fenced area, as we think of it. There will be no where to escape to, even if a prisoner could escape. This is the type of environment that Elijah will be working in while carrying out phase three of his work. The third phase will be done simultaneously with the two witnesses, maybe in conjunction with these two men. The help of the two witnesses will be needed if Elijah does no miracle, like John the Baptist:

John 10:41 And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.

The two witnesses do not start their job until after the tribulation begins and Israel has been taken into captivity. Remember, the multitude that no man can number (Revelation 7:9 and 14) wash their robes in the great tribulation. Will Elijah have to confront each one of them? Maybe, maybe not. Maybe some can, and will, remember the cry at midnight that originally woke them up (Matthew 25:6). Maybe some will do the spiritual math, put two and two together, and repent without another personal confrontation with Elijah.

The two witnesses will be doing mighty works. Many works of the Holy Spirit will pass through these two men and will, no doubt, have a lot of influence on the imprisoned virgins. After all, they are prophets, and God will do nothing except He reveal his secrets:

Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

A certain number of people in the tribulation will remember what this man had personally told them through tapes, papers, sermons, conversations, etc. Or they will recall information passed on to them by the righteous good seed who “turn many to righteousness” (Daniel 12:3).

Also, the true Philadelphians have a “little strength” (God’s tithe money and their personal abilities), and are able to walk through the door that Christ opens for them (Revelation 3:7-8).

This end-time Elijah character will know God’s mind concerning these end-time events, and we had best pay attention to the man who begins restoring all things. This man will have great Bible understanding, and what he says will shock us awake.

In Luke 14:24, who were those who were bidden, that will not taste of the marriage supper?

Luke 14:24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

They are the ones who made the excuses in verses 18-20:

18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. 19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. 20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

They are the five foolish virgins who will reject the cry at midnight. Remember, all ten awakened are virgins—they all have the Holy Spirit when the cry at midnight goes out. As time goes on, Satan turns up the pressure, and the foolish virgins let the cares of the world sweep them away.

The message will become clear to the good seed—the sheep who hear the voice of the shepherd (John 10:3-5,16 and 27).

The last shall be first. Are these the children spoken of in Malachi 4:6 and Luke 1:17?

Malachi 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

This would certainly apply, in one sense, to the last being first. What a beautiful attitude some of these children will have as they wake up to the truth their parents have taught them over the years.

If we are in tune with this mighty God and the end-time work he is doing, we will see these things as they unfold before our eyes:

Matthew 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

What about the two witnesses? What is their work? Remember God claims in Romans 9:28 that he will do a work, and cut it short in righteousness.

Romans 9:28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

He will use two more prophets, whom He has hand-picked for the job. No board of elders, no vanity-filled ministers of Satan, claiming the headquarters of their church is God’s headquarters on earth.

Revelation 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

Where does Matthew 24:14 fit into this scenario?

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

“Witness” is Strong’s #3142, meaning “something evidential, i.e. (gen.) evidence given…” This is the verse primarily used by Satan’s ministers to suck off tithe money from the trusting sheep. To a sheep rancher, this would be known as “fleecing the sheep.” Satan’s ministers use this money to do their counterfeit work.

Revelation 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

“Testimony” is Strong’s #3141, meaning “evidence given (judicially or gen.)…”

Herbert W. Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God preached to much of the world a counterfeit witness. In some places, he would not even mention the name of Christ. What a joke! Do you think the two witnesses or Elijah will be afraid to mention Christ’s name, for fear of offending someone? GARBAGE!

Herbert W. Armstrong has been dead for over 12 years at the time of this writing, and still the end hasn’t come. In the mid 70s, we “ran the gun lap” for two years. 20 years later, still the same old, same old.

What does God really have to say about this? Read again what Matthew 24:14 says:

14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Who preaches the gospel to all nations? The two witnesses do. Notice what happens when they finish their testimony:

Revelation 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

They are killed, and then resurrected three and a half days later. Is this the first resurrection? I’m not sure. If it is, these two guys have one terrific honor, being tied for second place of all humans to be resurrected to spiritual life. They are resurrected at the end of the second woe, and the third woe comes quickly. This is just before the seventh angel sounds, which is the resurrection (Revelation 11:15).

Revelation 11:14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

God gives the whole world a witness by these two prophets:

Revelation 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

This doesn’t say a part of the earth, but indicates the whole earth.

Revelation 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

It does not say “they tormented them that dwelt on part of the earth.”

Satellite TV will allow all peoples to see their dead bodies lying in the streets of Jerusalem:

Revelation 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

Where does anybody get off, corporate body or not, trying to do a work that God says HE will do? What does God think of these two guys? Notice the power that He gives them:

Revelation 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

Notice Revelation 11:4:

4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

These two witnesses stand before the God of the earth. What an honor to have that kind of privilege!

In Zechariah 4:14 the two witnesses are also mentioned:

Zechariah 4:14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

“Anointed” is Strong’s #1121, meaning “a son (as a builder of a family name) in the widest sense (of lit. and fig.) relationships including grandson…”

In one sense, these two witnesses are children of the end-time Elijah. They were asleep, along with all the rest of us:

Matthew 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

Verse 7 says all the virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. It does not say “all but two.”

As explained earlier, the third phase of Elijah’s work will run simultaneously with the work of the two witnesses. The two witnesses will be witnessing to the whole world. Elijah is sent by God into the “hedges” (prison camps) afterIsrael is destroyed and the remnant is taken captive. During this same three and a half year period, the witnesses are doing their job. It’s hard to imagine them not having some impact on the situations that Elijah is dealing with, especially the innumerable multitude that is mentioned in Revelation 7:9 and 14:

9 After this 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; 14 …..And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

The two witnesses will be doing such mighty miracles that their work is almost sure to have a great impact on what Elijah is doing. These two prophets are clearly mentioned as having an association with the church:

Zechariah 4:11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? 12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? 13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. 14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

The Bible contains many, many verses showing in many ways that olive oil represents the Holy Spirit. A careful study of the four above verses seems to indicate that a large quantity of the Holy Spirit is coming from God, and is distributed through these two prophets.

There is another possible mention of these two prophets. Zechariah 3 is a chapter clearly labeled end-time. Verse 8 speaks of the Branch being brought forth:

Zechariah 3:8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.

Isaiah 11:1 also mentions the Branch:

Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

When will the Branch be brought forth at the end? At the first resurrection. In Zechariah 3, the last part of verse 9, as well as verse 10, are referring to the beginning of the millennium:

Zechariah 3:9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. 10 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.

Go back to Zechariah 3:1:

1 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.

This “Joshua the High Priest” most certainly has to be Elijah the prophet. I have papers dealing with this subject, but here are a few scriptures that you can use for your personal study on this subject:

Malachi 4:5-6, Luke 1:17, Matthew 17:10-13, Acts 3:21-23, Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Continuing with Zechariah 3:2:

2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? 3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.

Doesn’t this verse seem to indicate that God personally deals with this man, giving him His cry at midnight to wake him up? A “brand plucked from the fire,” plucked from the lake of fire. 

Each one of the ten virgins is headed toward the lake of fire before being awakened by the cry at midnight. Joshua was still clothed with filthy clothes, as we all are.

Zechariah 3:4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.

God forgave him of his sins, and he started to live a clean life after being awakened. God has chosen this man to be a high priest. In Deuteronomy 18:18, God shows us how He promises to put His words in the mouth of the end-time Elijah.

The point that I am leading up to is in verse 8:

Zechariah 3:8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.

God has chosen this Joshua (Elijah) to be the high priest. Who are the fellows sitting before him? Who are men to be wondered at?

“Fellows” is Strong’s #7453 and means “an associate (more or less close)…” Zodhiates says of the same word “it has an extensive range of meanings- a friend, a personal friend…”

“Sit” is Strong’s #3427. Both Strong’s and Zhodiates say of this word “to sit or dwell…”

“Men” is Strong’s #376, meaning “a man as an individual, or a male person…” Zodhiates Lexical Aids to the Old Testament adds “a man. a male…”

“Wondered” is Strong’s #4159, meaning “in the sense of conspicuousness, a miracle, by impl. a token or omen, miracle, sign, wonder (ed at).”  Zodhiates says of this word “wonderful deed, wonder, miraculous sign, miracle prodigy, portent, omen…”

Who would be more wondered at than these two witnesses and this Elijah character?

In one sense, the two witnesses are fruit of the cry at midnight, which is produced by Elijah. Zechariah 3:8 indicates that they are also his personal friends or associates. This high priest has a special function that he will be doing as well as these two prophets. I suspect that they will be head-quartered at the place of safety. I have no specific verse to back up that statement, but this is where God’s protected Philadelphians will be head-quartered, dwelling under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalms 91:1).

I suspect that these three men will have to come to this place for a little R&R (rest and relaxation) on occasion. After all, they are only men, and the fury of the tribulation will, no doubt, be raging around them when they are away from this place. Hopefully, their loved ones will be there for them. In the midst of death and destruction, misery piled upon misery, (I doubt if anyone has the words to describe the horrors of this time), these men will be doing their work each day in the midst of this tribulation. Their jobs will be done on faith, with God’s assistance when and where it is needed.

Remember that the original Elijah faltered when Jezebel threatened his life. The end-time Elijah and the two witnesses will have to be fearless. Can they falter? Read again Revelation 11:6:

6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

These two prophets will have power to smite the earth with plagues. Two plagues are mentioned in verse 6, above. What might be some of the other plagues that they might smite the earth with? Maybe they will be given power to cause earthquakes, maybe to cause skyscrapers to come tumbling down. Who knows what else? Use your own imagination.

These two guys no doubt will be working in close association with the end-time Elijah. I’m writing a paper on Zechariah 3 and 4 that will deal extensively with this subject.

Matthew 17:10-13 makes clear that John the Baptist and the end-time Elijah are directly related to each other:

Matthew 17:10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? 11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

It is also clear in John 10:41 that John the Baptist did no miracles:

John 10:41 And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.

Elijah would not have to do any miracles in phase three of his work, going into the prison camps (hedges), if these two witnesses were accompanying him. From the description given of them in Revelation 11, they will have both barrels blazing all the time. And also remember in Zechariah 4:11-14, that large quantities of the Holy Spirit are coming out through these two prophets. The whole purpose of the three and a half years of living hell is to salvage the disobedient virgins for the marriage supper:

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

The above verse indicates that Elijah will be doing miracles. The “spirit and power” is referring to the original Elijah, since John the Baptist did no miracle, (John 10:41). But, he will not be doing miracles to convince someone to be saved:

Luke 16:30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

Published September 27, 1998

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