FEAR OF GOD

This is another paper that has been lying on the shelf for about five years.

What is the fear of the Lord?  We have certainly been deceived by Satan in the past on this subject, in comparing what we’ve been taught and what the Bible actually says.

There certainly wasn’t any ‘fear of God’ in the minister here in Denver, CO., in the spring of 1995 at the local Worldwide Church of God during the Passover service.  The minister in charge spiritually puked all over the congregation by saying that you would be equally blessed if you did or did not unleaven your home.  What a blatant lie, lack of respect, and lack of fear for these two Great Gods who inhabit eternity.

God’s word, the Bible, makes it very clear that we are not to eat or have leaven in our homes during the week of Unleavened Bread!  Shortly after that Passover the United Church of God was formed and we started attending their services.  A leading, prominent minister of the United Church of God told my wife and me very plainly that he would not preach ‘fear.’  How pathetic!  If this man won’t preach fear, he certainly won’t have the necessary fear that God expects us to have.

Today is January 11, 2000, as I start this paper.  This could be a very long paper with many associated Bible studies.  With Passover coming up in about three months, we need to understand this fear of God.  We certainly need tofear taking the Passover without the proper fear of God, because there are stern warnings to anyone who would take the Passover unworthily.

As in any study of the Bible for the end-time virgins we need to clearly understand 1 Corinthians 10:11.

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

“Examples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar: by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance: spec. a sampler (“type“), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

This verse makes it very clear that the Bible is written for us the end-time virgins.  There are numerous prototypes written down for us that were acted out by our forefathers.   Many of these prototype examples had dire consequence to the ones acting them out in the past.  Many of these examples will be imitated by the end-time Christians in doing the job that God has given us to do in the last days.  Many are written for admonition or as warnings.  If we will heed the warning that God has given us in his written word we will certainly enter into Eternal life.  Many of these admonitions have to do with fearing God and that is the whole subject of this paper.  So let’s get right into it.  The first thing we as individual Christians have to realize is that Matthew 25:5 is true and that there are absolutely no exceptions to this.  It includes every end time virgin.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

If you can’t admit that your have been spiritually asleep then you can not be an end time virgin.  Christ is not a liar, He says ALL.  Fifty percent are wise, fifty percent are foolish. Also, many new potential virgins will be called as the end time work progresses.

Matthew 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

We all stay asleep until we receive the cry and midnight, which God will send to us.  Some may want to argue in their minds about this verse which says that all the end-time virgins slumber and slept and this includes your favorite minister, if you have one.  That denial is in fact calling God’s word a lie!  This tendency to want to argue with God’s word is from Satan, not the Holy Spirit and it shows very clearly that we don’t have the proper fear of God or His word.   We have to develop this fear of God as we wake up from our spiritual sleep, if we are spiritually asleep we have to become spiritually awake.  Sleep walking with Christ will not get us into the Kingdom.  Notice what it says in Isaiah 66:2

Isaiah 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

This word “look” is Strong’s #5027 meaning “to scan, i.e. look intently at, by impl. to regard with pleasure, favor, or care…”

Consider what we have to do to get God to look on us with pleasure and favor.  We certainly have to have a proper attitude, poor and of a contrite spirit, but we also have to tremble at God’s word.

“Trembleth” is Strong’s #2730 meaning “fearful, also reverential, afraid, trembling.”  This Strong’s #2730 comes from Strong’s #2729 which is prim. root which means “to shudder with terror…”   Shouldn’t we shudder with terror, be exceeding fearful, to say or think “hey God I’m

not a sleeping virgin, I know what’s going on spiritually.”  If we have these thoughts or say these things, we are in fact and reality calling God and Christ LIARS.  What does Romans 3:4 say?

Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar: as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

God is not a liar and it is a foolish virgin indeed who would call Him one in thought or action.  This would certainly make us unworthy in attitude to take the Passover.  While we are in Isaiah 66, let’s look at verses 3-5.

Isaiah 66:3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man: he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck: he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood: he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them: because when I called, none did answer: when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word: Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.

Remember 1 Corinthians 10:11 the Bible is written for us upon whom the ends of the world (age) has come.  Review definition on page one.

Notice there are two kinds of worship going on. This is the church of Satan at work here that we are warned about in Revelation 2:9 and 3:9.

Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

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.

Notice in Isaiah 66:3 above that they are playing church, and God tells us what he thinks of their spiritual works.  They don’t tremble at God’s word, so God does not look on them with favor.   Theses are the tares of Matthew 13: 24, 25.

Matthew 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:  25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

These churches of Satan in the midst of the end-time churches of God have their ministers also, 2 Corinthians 11:13-15.

2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  14 And no marvel: for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness: whose end shall be according to their works.

The foolish virgins will eventually be in this group also.  Notice in Isaiah 66:4, God called, God spake, God gave them their cry at midnight, their warning, their wake up call.  They did not answer, there was no fear of God in them and apparently they wouldn’t let it be put there either.

Isaiah 66:4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them: because when I called, none did answer: when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

Salvation is a daily process of making the right decisions, Deuteronomy 30:15,19.

Deuteronomy 30:15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil:

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:

In Isaiah 66:5, God again makes the distinction that there are two kinds of worship going on here.

Isaiah 66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word: Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.

The good seed tremble at God’s word.  These are the ones whom God looks on with favor.

Notice the other group is called brethren. Doesn’t this make Revelation 2:9 and Revelation 3:9, very clear that there are members of the church of Satan sitting right beside the members of God’s true church,  the ones who tremble at His word.  If they have the power to cast out the God fearing true Christians, this should startle us.  Just think back if you came through the Worldwide Church of God system, isn’t this the way it has always been?  Confront one of these non-God fearing hierarchists with a good solid truth of God and don’t back down and see if you don’t get kicked out!  Been there, done that, as they say.  The early New Testament church had to deal with the same thing, 3 John 9, 10.

3 John 1:9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.   10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

See, this is a major tactic of Satan to put his non-God fearing tares (weeds) in position of authority and then bend everyone to his will, and God allows this.  Will we submit to Satan’s methods, or will we stand up and be counted?  Will we fear this mighty God who holds our destiny in His hand?

To make a long story short we are in a famine of the word Amos 8:11,12, and this is really severe for three and one-half  years, where the only source of the Holy Spirit food is at Elijah’s word.

Amos 8:11 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:

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.

Doesn’t this description fit the scattered ex-members of the Worldwide Church of God, as well as many others?

1 Kings 17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

Remember the Bible is written for the end-time Christians and water represents the Holy Spirit.  Thence no living water (rain or dew) except at the end time Elijah’s word during the famine of the Word of God.

John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst: but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

The last year of this three and one-half years is spent crossing the symbolic Jordan River, which we come up out of on the first month and tenth day, Joshua 4:19

Joshua 4:19 And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho.

The year for a day principle kicks in here, Ezekiel 4:5-6 and Numbers 14:34.

Ezekiel 4:5 For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.

6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.

Numbers 14:34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.

To clearly understand this you would need to read the papers Our Delivery from Slavery and Crossing Jordan.

Now back to the “fearing God principal.”  No doubt God will accomplish many things with each individual in this symbolic crossing of the Jordan.  Notice one of the main objectives that he states, in Joshua 4:24.

Joshua 4:24 That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.

This word “fear” is Strong’s #3372 meaning “a prim. root: to fear: mor. to revere: caus. to frighten:–affright, be (make) afraid, dread (ful), (put in) fear terrible (act, -ness, thing)…”

How does God accomplish teaching us in this experience of “crossing the Jordan” to fear, to revere, to frighten, to make afraid etc.?  Let’s review some of the aspects of this crossing the Jordan and this won’t be totally clear to us until we come up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month.  I’ll just mention the things here that are covered in detail in the paper “Crossing the Jordan”.

This prototype or example, this thing for us to imitate, (review definition of 1 Corinthians 10:11 on page one), ends in the spring, four days before Passover.  What is going on then with the Jordan River?  It is overflowing or at least starting to rise from spring rains and run off of mountain snow.  It would be overflowing by Pentecost.

Joshua 3:15 And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,)

This is just like here in Colorado and many other parts of the world where your have a spring run off when the snow melts.  The Jordan overflows its banks at the time of the harvest.  The Holy Spirit living waters flow.

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst: but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Wasn’t the Holy Spirit overflowing its banks at the beginning of the first major harvest, the New Testament church age?  The Holy Spirit is not stagnant, it moves.  Remember all the miracles done by the power of the Holy Spirit? That’s just a prototype for us, the end time harvest is Revelation 7:1-4, 9, 14.  This 144,000 is different from the Revelation chapter 14.   Once we get out of the Jordan and look back at the hell Satan has given us in the last year we will start to understand Joshua 4:24, this fearing God forever.

Joshua 4:24 That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.

Luke 1:17 and Zechariah 3:1 give us some insight into who the end-time leader is.

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.

Zechariah 3:1 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.

Notice the first thing that happens when our end-time leader Elijah/Joshua, our High Priest in the end-time, steps into the Jordan.

Joshua 3:13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above: and they shall stand upon an heap.

Joshua 3:16 That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.

We are cut off from the living waters that come down from above, from God the Father and Christ.  Remember there is no rain or dew during these three and one half years of the famine except at the end time Elijah’s word, 1 Kings 17:2.

1 Kings 17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. 

His word will be his papers when we look back in hindsight at what Satan has done to us and God allows this.  Especially this one year we spent crossing the Jordan, our knees will knock with fear, and we will tremble before the mighty word of the two mighty Gods who inhabit eternity.  There is no salvation without a healthy fear of God.

Notice Joshua 3:17.  “Dry ground” is Strong’s #2724 meaning “a desert- dry (ground, land).”

Joshua 3:17  And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.

It’s really interesting that the end-time Christians have a spiritual application of all these physical things that our forefathers experienced.  Remember the year for day in prophecy that we covered earlier.  Apparently the Israelites crossed the Jordan in one day.  No doubt that was one big movement of humans, even if it was just for a short distance.  For us it will be a one year symbolic crossing.  Let’s look closely at Joshua 3:17.

Joshua 3:17 And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.

Our priest in the end-time is Joshua.  He will be snatched back from the lake of fire.

Zechariah 3:1 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.  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?

The hat of Joshua is one of the hats that the end-time Elijah wears.  If Joshua took our forefathers into the promise land and if prototypes are true, 1 Corinthians 10:11, then there is an end-time Joshua who takes us into the promise land, the Kingdom of God.   This has to be Elijah, because he is the only one who can make ready a people prepared for the LordThe whole chapter of Zechariah 3 is an end-time chapter.  Notice Zechariah 3:8, 10.

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.

10 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.

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.

Look back at Zechariah 3:2 above.  “Brand” is Strong’s #181 meaning “to rake together, a poker for (turning or gathering embers)…”  Isn’t each virgin an ember?    An ember can be fanned into a flame.  Doesn’t each virgin have a flame?

Matthew 25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

Won’t we all be raked together in the sense of like minds as our end-time Joshua/Elijah guides us into the Promised Land (Eternal Life)?

This term “dry ground” is Strong’s #2724, covered above, puts a frightening twist to this verse.  Each virgin spends this time crossing the Jordan in a spiritual desert cut off from the waters that come down from above, the Holy Spirit.

Joshua 3:16 That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.

17 And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.

If we are cut off from the waters that came from above, the Living Waters of the flowing Holy Spirit, then we are at the mercy of Satan and we know that Satan has no mercy.  God does place bounds on Satan that limit what he can do. Review Job 1:12 and 2:6

Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power: only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

Job 2:6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand: but save his life.

These original 120 foundation members of the end-time church will shudder in terror when we come up out of the Jordan, as our spiritual understanding is opened up and we can clearly see to what power Satan and his demons have over us.  Many of us will blush with embarrassment as we think of what we have said and done to other Christians, as well as other people, some of this while we were totally dominated in our thinking by Satan.  The 120 foundation for the end time church could be 240 since this is the second time that God has done this.  The spiritual aspect of this spiritual desert of the crossing of Jordan will have great significance in our lives in the future.

Now notice Joshua 4:22, the term “dry land” is Strong’s #3004, which means “dry ground.”  So the actual physical application of this is that they cross on literal dry ground.

Joshua 4:22 Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land.  23 For the LORD your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over:

It says that God dries up the waters of the Jordan from before them.  The spiritual application to the end-time church foundation of about 120 is that we cross in a spiritual desert that we might fear God.

Joshua 4:24 That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.

As I sit here writing this, January 24, 2000, I’m horrified to look in hindsight and see how God has dried up the blessing of the Holy Spirit in my life, especially the last year.  My wife and I are going on 14 months without a payday.  The fact that we all have to be aware of is that it seems to be in any given trial there is a time limit, or fixed end to it, and we can do nothing to change that other than endure to the end.

Just as many Christian’s health trials will go on until they can reach the end of it.  I am still convinced at this moment in mid January 2000 that two people we know will both be healed.  I am embarrassed to think that I even have a trial compared to these two people.   I have never stood at death’s door for months on end.  When these two people are healed, it should put a healthy fear of Christ and the Father into the minds of the people who know them.

(This is March 2006. One of the people that needed healing mentioned above apparently died about 2002.  He lived in New York City and ceased communicating with me, so I assume he passed away.)

While we are in Joshua, let’s spend a little more time on a side issue. The Israelites came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month.  Why is this day pinpointed here?  There must be a reason and one of the reasons is found in Exodus 12:2-3.

Exodus 12:2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.  3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

This is the day the Passover lamb was chosen and this lamb had to be without blemish.  As the end-time Christians, we certainly have to choose a lamb without blemish which for us is Jesus Christ.  This lamb was sacrificed on the 14th day at evening.  If we choose a 15th Passover as many do now because Satan has deceived many in this area, we are choosing a blemished lamb.  Satan has caused and God has allowed mass confusion on the calendar issue.  On and on it goes.  When we wake up spiritual from the cry at

midnight, this is one subject that has to be straightened out, postponements, conjunction, etc.  There has got to be a simple way the average person can understand what is going on in this sphere.  Salvation is not complicated, for what does it say in 1 Corinthians 1:26-29.

1 Corinthians 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:  27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise: and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty:  28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:   29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

If it is so complicated that some one else has to figure it out for us, that leads us right back into the hierarchy system which God hates.  You and I have to be able to deal with this calendar issue in a way that we can have a clear conscience when we go to keep our annual appointments with God on his Holy Days.

Back to choosing our lamb: if we choose the lamb without blemish, Jesus Christ and the fourteenth Passover, we also have to choose the ways of this blemish-free Lamb.

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

What is the mind of Christ?  It is his written word.   Would we dare to reject clear instruction about keeping the Passover, or any other subject for that matter?  If we do it certainly shows that we do not have the “fear of God” in our hearts.  Would we dare to twist God’s written word to conform to our own opinions?

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

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

Both say many are called, few are chosen.  “Few” in both verses, is Strong’s # 3641 meaning “puny (in extent, degree, number, duration or value)…”   Webster’s defines “puny” as “inferior in strength, size or importance. “

“Many” in both verses is, Strong’s # 4183 meaning “much (in any respect) as an adverb.  Largely as an adverb or noun, mostly, largely, abundant…”  Will we dare twist this to say the many are called, few are lost?  You know as well as I do that this is a common idea among real and professing Christians.  Choosing the blemish free Lamb, Jesus Christ, also binds us to believe what this blemish free lamb says.  This will be extremely important in the coming Passovers as we wake up from our spiritual sleep.  There are literally dozens of verses about fearing God.  We will go through a few more.

Exodus 18:21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness: and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:

It is a top priority of God that any ruler of his people must fear Him.  This word “fear” is Strong’s #3372 meaning “to fear, revere, frighten, be or make afraid…”  In Leviticus 19:32,   “fear” is the very same Hebrew word.

Leviticus 19:32 Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.

Notice Deuteronomy 4:10 we have to learn to fear God.

Deuteronomy 4:10 Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.

Fear in this verse is Strong’s #3372, same as above.  Why doesn’t the fear of God come naturally?  It’s because of the massive amount of influence that Satan has on our minds and with that influence comes false teaching and twisting of the scriptures like the ones just covered back in Matthew 22:14.  In Matthew 20:16, “many are called, few are chosen.”   If we accept the popular belief that many are called and few are lost, this automatically takes away the fear of God out of our minds as we blissfully think because few are lost my chances of making it into God’s Kingdom are excellent.  Then we compare ourselves to others who we know are worse sinners than ourselves, and we just merrily go on our life’s journey in a spiritual stupor, not having the fear of God and headed for the Lake of fire.

Notice another area where Satan has blocked our understanding.  I’ve covered these verses in other papers, but let’s look again at Matthew 25:24.

Matthew 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:

Would any of us in the past think of Christ in these terms?  Yet this is what God’s word says.  “Hard” is Strong’s #4642 meaning “dry, i.e., hard or tough (fig. harsh, sever) fierce, hard.”  Wait a minute!  This is Christ our judge, whom because of his boundless mercy and love we think that he couldn’t be a harsh, fierce, severe, hard, tough judge.  He is judging virgins in this parable.  That’s us whom he’s judging.  Remember the Bible is written for the end-time Christians, 1 Corinthians 10:11.  Review the definition on page one.  See, Satan has blinded us to the emotions of the real Jesus Christ.  That’s one reason why Christ says we all slumbered and slept, Matthew 25:5.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

If you haven’t been asleep, you are not a virgin.

Matthew 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

This servant lost his salvation.  In verse 24, he knew about Christ’s true emotions, he admitted it.  Who told him?  It was the end-time Elijah, or one of his deputies, as he is the only one who can make ready as people prepared for the Lord, Luke 1:17.

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 servant received his cry at midnight and did nothing about it.  He was awake to this spiritual truth.  Notice also that he lost his salvation for not following instructions.

Matthew 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

In Matthew 25:14, he was called and given goods or talents which is money, so he was called and given knowledge of God’s tithing system.  This servant was not punished for stealing tithe, for in verse 18, he took the tithe money, put it away and did nothing with it.

Matthew 25:16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

In verse 16, the word “traded” is Strong’s #2030 meaning “to toil (as task, occupation, etc.)…”  The man in verse 18 refused to work with God’s tithe money in an individual way.

Matthew 25:18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

Matthew 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.

In verse 20, the man with five talents did work, for it says, “I have gained” not, “I and some corporate group”.  The bottom line is this, the foolish servant refused to follow instructions after he had been awakened by the cry at midnight.  He didn’t put forth an individual effort with his (God’s) tithe money and lost his eternal salvation as a result.  This parable should make us quake with fear  as we understand what God expects us to do with HIS tithes.  It is not to give to someone else to spend for you.   When we don’t follow God’s instructions to us, written in His word, we show that we have  little if any fear of him.  Remember what is said in Isaiah 66:2?

Isaiah 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

Remember also what we covered earlier in Deuteronomy 4:10.

Deuteronomy 4:10 Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.

We have to learn to “fear God.”  This parable of the talents should be an educational example to us to start to put this fear of God in our minds.  The parable of the pounds teaches us the same thing, only in that parable is it acongregational effort rather than individual.  I’ve covered this in other papers.

Notice Deuteronomy 5:29.

Deuteronomy 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

“Fear” is Strong’s #3372 covered near the top of page 12.  Is this verse cause and effect?  If things are not going well for us, is it because there is no fear of God or not the proper kind?  Is the parable of the talents and how to use tithe money a command or a suggestion?

Deuteronomy 6:2 That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life: and that thy days may be prolonged.

“Fear” is the same Strong’s #3372.  Anything we find written as instructions to the end-time Christians should be considered commands, because we are liable before God for our actions.  Deuteronomy 6:24 tells us it is for our good that we fear God.  This is for both our physical and spiritual good.

Deuteronomy 6:24 And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.

In Deuteronomy 10:12 again “fear” is the same word as above, Strong’s #3372, defined near the top of page 12. Notice here that we are to love God also.

Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

1 John 5:3 tells us what the love of God is, “for this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”

Deuteronomy 14:23-25, again this is Strong’s #3372, these three verses show us we have to learn to fear God by following His instructions.

Deuteronomy 14:23 And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks: that thou mayestlearn to fear the LORD thy God always.

24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it: or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:

25 Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose:

In Deuteronomy 17:19, “fear” is the same word and it is also mentioned that we have to learn to fear God.

Deuteronomy 17:19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:

In Deuteronomy 31:12, “fear” is the same word as all the above.

Deuteronomy 31:12 Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:

Notice here that we have to listen to learn God’s word.  This will no doubt lead to fearing.  It goes without saying that we have to obey God and his laws.  Fearing God in a proper way is an absolute must for entry into God’s Kingdom.  These are just a few verses that deal with fearing God, there are many, many more.  We have to be subject to God, the definition of this word “fear” is Strong’s #3372 meaning “to fear, to revere, to frighten- affright, be (make) afraid, dread (-ful)…”  We don’t have the option of picking and choosing what we want to believe.

In the rest of this paper we will look at examples that are written directly to us end-time Christians.  Here is where we start fearing God.

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.

“Examples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar: by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance: spec. a sampler (“type“), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

“Admonition” is Strong’s #3559: “calling attention to, i.e. (by impl.) mild rebuke or warning.”

“World” is Strong’s #165: “prop. an age: by extens. perpetuity (also past): by impl. the world: spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):—age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end).”

So will we believe what the Bible says, what is written for us upon whom the ends of the age have come?  Will we believe these things have to be imitated?  I think there could be little doubt in any true student of the Bible that we are nearing the end of the age.  If we to truly fear God we have to believe that these things, examples, prototypes are written to us personally.  Will you believe what your creator Jesus Christ says in Matthew 25:5?   Do you believe that we stay spiritually asleep until Matthew 25:6, happens to us?

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

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

If any given person can’t admit they have been asleep it impossible for them to be an end-time virgin.  Jesus Christ said in verse 5, they ALL slept, that includes you and me.  Does God leave us in the dark as to who brings us this cry at midnight?  Absolutely not.  Study the promises in the following verses.

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

Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

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.

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.

Notice what is laid out plainly to us in these verses.

(1) Elijah the prophet will come, so there will be a man that God gives prophet status.

(2) In Malachi 3:1, he is called God’s messenger and he prepares the way before Christ.  What’s his message?  It is the cry at midnight that wakes us up.   The end-time virgins are the temple.  2 Corinthians 6:16 tells us this very plainly well as a couple other verses.

2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God: as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them: and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

(3) This has to be the end-time Elijah as he is the only one who can make ready a people prepared for the Lord, as mentioned in Luke 1:17.

(4) Notice in Matthew 17:11 the end-time Elijah restores all things.  One of these things is the true fear of God that we have lost while we were asleep.

Do a careful study of Matthew 17:10 -13 and you will see that Christ is talking of two different Elijahs, one of which is John the Baptist, who was dead at this point and the other was to come in the future.

I’ve covered many times in papers that the end-time Elijah wears four different hats, 1-Elijah, 2-Moses, 3-Joshua, and 4-Zerubbabel.  Why do I say this?  The end-time Elijah has a massive job to do. He does spiritually in the end-time what the others before him did physically.  Do you fear and believe God’s word.  If you do you know that the original Elijah and John the Baptist were just prototypes or examples for the end-time Elijah.

Is 1 Corinthians 10:11 true or not?  Review the definition of “example” covered earlier on page one.  The things recorded in the book of Acts about the early church will be valuable to us as we look in hind sight.  The things written about John the Baptist as played out by the end-time Elijah will have great spiritual significance for the end-time Christians.

What about the Moses hat?  What does he do?  Didn’t God use the original Moses to restore the knowledge of God to the ancient Israelites?  Won’t we, the sleeping virgins need the knowledge of God restored to us?  One aspect of this knowledge is to Fear God.  We will get into some truly frightening examples of this later in the paper.

Luke 1:17 makes it clear that Elijah is the only one who can make ready a people prepared for the LORD.  This tells us he has to be the Moses that restores the spiritual knowledge of God to the Israelites in the end-time.  If the end-time virgins are asleep Matthew 25:5, we have to wake up and repent.  Sleep walking with Christ won’t get it.

Let’s look at some promises that God made and had written down for us, Acts 3:21-23

Acts 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me: him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.

23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.

Notice Christ stays in heaven until the restitution of all things.  Remember what it said in Matthew. 17:11, Elijah is to restore all things.

Now notice in Acts 3:22, Moses said that a prophet like him would be raised up.  To be like Moses this prophet would be a sinner, and this man would also restore the knowledge of God in the end-time to the sleeping virgins.  The instruction continues that we have to listen to this end-time Moses/Elijah because he is the only one who can make ready a people prepared for the LORD.

Did our forefathers listen to Moses?  No, they were hell bent to do things their way, with Satan and the demons doing their thinking for them. All we need to do is read the history of what happen to them.  Remember that is just a prototype for us.  We should at all costs avoid doing what they did.

Looking at verse 23 above, is this an idle threat made by Christ?  “Destroyed” is Strong’s #1842 meaning “to extirpate, destroy.”  According to Webster’s Dictionary, “extirpate” means “to pull up by the roots…”

Do these verses put any fear in your heart?  The bottom line to you and me is, as end-time Christians, we have to find this prophet like unto Moses and if we won’t listen to him then we will be exterminated.  We don’t have the option of picking and choosing what we want to believe.  Let’s go back to Deuteronomy to see were Peter was taking this quote from.

Deuteronomy 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me: unto him ye shall hearken:

16 According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.

17 And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.

18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth: and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

Notice the instruction and the warning in verse 15.  This prophet will come from among the brethren.  He will be like Moses, that is, a sinner as well as God’s chosen, and the command is to listen to this man.

Continuing in verse 18, God is telling Moses that this end-time Moses/Elijah will be like him and from among the brethren.   Moses sinned so grievously that he didn’t get to enter the physical promise land, but will certainly be in the kingdom.  God claims that he will put His (God’s) words in his mouth and this man will teach us what God commands him to say.

How many end-time virgins will get their noses out of joint because they don’t like the way this man talks or what he says?  Fifty percent of the end-time virgins are foolish and will blow their salvation one way or the other.  How about you, will you tremble before the word of this mighty God, and say “yes God if you like it I love it?”  We will look at examples of what some people did and God’s response when they took on God’s servant Moses.

In Deuteronomy 18:19 there is another warning to us.

Deuteronomy 18:19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

We are told in Acts 3:23 what is required. If we don’t listen we will face eternal death.

Acts 3:23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.

Another hat that Elijah wears is “Joshua.”  Since the Bible is written for the end-time Christians lets see what God tells us about Joshua.  Any student of the Bible knows that Joshua was the one who led the children of Israel into the promise land.  Much of that history is found in the book of Joshua.  All the physical battles that they fought are just prototypes of spiritual battles we will be fighting under Joshua/Elijah leadership.  These spiritual battles will be against the churches of Satan, and their Kings, which are playing church among the true churches of God.

Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

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.

What is the definition of the “Jews” spoken of in these two verses?   God gives it to us in Romans 2:28-29.

Rom 2:28  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

Rom 2:29  But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Notice in Zechariah 3:1,2, Joshua is our high priests which has to be Elijah since he is the only one who can make ready a people prepared for the LORD.

Zechariah 3:1 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.  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?

“Resist” in verse 1 is Strong’s #7853 meaning “to attack (fig) accuse- (be an) adversary, resist.”

Notice also that Satan gives this man plenty of personal attention.  Then in verse two this man is plucked from the fire.  We all are as good as in the lake of fire, while we are spiritually asleep and unless we wake up and repent that will be our final end.  This Joshua fellow is a brand snatched out of the lake of fire.  This word “Brand” is Strong’s #181 meaning “to rake together, a poker (for turning or gathering embers)…”  An ember can be turned into a flame.  Isn’t this what happens in Matthew 25:6,7, the virgins here the cry at midnight wake up and start getting their spiritual house in order?

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.

Think about this, all the virgins are asleep spiritually, Matthew 25:5.  This high priest (Joshua/Elijah) is a brand (poker) God uses to rake and stir these embers (us) into a spiritual flame by giving us spiritual truth to wake us up. Remember what God said of the Moses character (hat) he would put his words in his mouth.  Can we start to see how all this fits together?  Elijah restores all things and makes ready a people prepared for the LORD, Matthew 17:11, and Luke 1:17.  What the original Moses and Joshua did physically, the end-time Elijah/Moses/Joshua will do spiritually.

If we are willing to believe 1 Corinthians 10:11, that all these physical examples that are recorded are just prototypes of the spiritual application we will be living out in the end-time, then we are truly headed toward a fear of God, a true revelation of this great God that will get us into the kingdom. This will lead to the proper, fearing trembling and respect of these two great Gods that we are required to have.

What about the Zerubbabel hat?  Notice Haggai 1:1, Zerubbabel was the governor of the Jews.

Haggai 1:1 In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, saying,

Now take a look at Revelation 2:9 and Revelation 3:9.  God calls end-time Christians Jews.  So who will be our governor?  The Elijah/Moses/Joshua/Zerubbabel character will.

Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

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.

There is no way this governorship thing will even remotely resemble the hierarchy system we are all so use to.  Really his governing is in the weakest sense of the way we understand it.  Basically, in a nutshell he will be our governor in the since that he is our source of the spiritual truth that we need for salvation.  Remember what is in Acts 3:23 and Deuteronomy 18:19.  If we won’t listen to him, then we will be exterminated.  In that sense he will be our governor, he certainly won’t be collecting our tithes to spend for us.   The Bible is clear that we spend God tithe ourselves.

Acts 3:23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.

Deuteronomy 18:19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

We better listen to the man who presents us with the truth that starts waking us up.  I’m sure that he will have his own source of income and not have to live off tithes (but I don’t have a way to prove it at this time), though he could legally, in God’s sight, live off tithes.

I’m also sure that he would have to have an office of some kind and some people working in it, since this will be a world wide work.  Some of us could have personal control over how our tithe is spent by helping pay the rent, salaries, cost of office supplies, etc.  There will be plenty of areas in which we can personally spend tithes.  The original twelve apostles and Paul were just prototypes of what there will be in the end-time.  They will need money for their travels and support of their families while they will be doing God’s work full time.

Let’s look at some of the dreadful consequences of taking on God chosen ones.  Not only Elijah, there is also a dire warning to us about how we deal with the apostles.

Are we free to accuse, condemn, make light of, without a consequence make allegations about God’s chosen one the way we have in the past?  There probably aren’t many of us who are not guilty of this.  I was shocked right down to the core when I understood this a while back.  This knowledge will certainly put an end to this in my life when I find this Elijah character.

If you have not read my paper “Crossing the Jordan” you may want to do so.  If 1 Corinthians 10:11 is true, then these examples in the Bible are written for us on whom the ends of the age have come.  God gives us clear warning as to how we had better act in dealing with this Elijah character and the twelve apostles and perhaps a 13th, Paul.

Had it ever crossed your mind that these men have power to execute other humans?   In Moses’ case he not only has power to execute, but to ask God to stay an execution and Christ did it.

I know that is a mouth full, those last two paragraphs, but these examples (prototypes) are written for our warning.  Ask yourself this.  Is this knowledge necessary for salvation?  Of course the answer is no, it is not.  It is written in the Bible so we can learn to fear God and a proper fear of God IS NECESSARY for salvation.   It’s a prototype for us to act out and we will no doubt see these things imitated in our Christian experience in the future as we wake up and the end- time work kicks in.  How sad that fifty percent of the virgins are foolish, Matthew 25:2.

Matthew 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

This word “foolish” is Strong’s #3474 meaning “dull or stupid (as if shut up) i.e. heedless.”    Zodhiates Lexical Aid to the New Testament says of this same word, “silly, stupid, foolish from which he English word ‘moron’ is derived…”  It’s truly sad and frightening that one-half of the end-time virgins are spiritual morons.  With all the effort God has gone to, to warn us that, fifty percent of the end-time virgins will have to imitate spiritually and in some cases no doubt physically what our ancestors did and lose their spiritual life as will as physical life.

One thought we need to keep firmly in mind is that now, January 23, 2000, it is in God’s best interest to keep every virgin alive, physically as well as spiritually, until they can hear the cry at midnight and wake up spiritually.

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

Acts 17:30 tells us that God has winked at our ignorance (our sleeping).  Notice, once we wake up, the command is to repent.  If we should depart from God’s ways after we wake up, then there is no coming back.  Luke 9:62 warns that we are spiritually dead and there is no further reason for us to live physically.

Luke 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

How sad, frightening, dreadful that one-half of the virgins alive right now, January 2000, will eventually lose their spiritual life and in some cases no doubt their physical life will be shorter.  If we will only learn to fear God this could be avoided.

Let’s look at the apostles’ examples first.  As mentioned earlier, read the paper on “Crossing the Jordan” to understand about the end-time twelve apostles.  Acts 4:33 shows that the apostles had great power to witness about Jesus Christ.  Will the same not be true in the end-time?

Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

Notice as you read the rest of Chapter 4 that the “haves” were helping the have-nots in the church.  This leads up to the example in Acts 5.  It is obvious that Ananias and his wife Sapphira had no fear of God, Acts 5:1-10.

Acts 5:1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,

2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. 7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.

8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. 9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.

They conceived a plan to keep part of the price of a piece of land, which would have been acceptable.  God would have had no problem with that.  Notice Acts 5:4.  If they need or wanted to keep a portion of the property it would have been no problem.  Being a lying hypocrite is what they were executed for.  See they were “playing church” and this led to lying.  Foolish virgins indeed or were they tares, since the tares play church.

Did God use the apostles as executioners?  Notice Peter was the spokesman.  Acts 4:37 and 5:2 hints that maybe all of them were involved.  They laid the money at the apostle’s (plural) feet.

Acts 4:37 Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

Acts 5:2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

Doesn’t Acts 5:9 make it plain that Peter put a death sentence on her and God the Father or Christ performed the actual execution?  Ananias and Sapphira had blown their chance at salvation, whether they were true Christians ortares.  There was no further need for them to live and they were executed by God.  This example was written down for us.  Will this put any fear in our heartsCan we do and act anyway we would like when these end-time twelve apostles plus Paul come on the scene?

Either 1 Corinthians 10:11 is true or if it isn’t, then the rest of the Bible is a lie.  The foolish virgins or tares will imitate this example of Ananis and Sapphira in the end-time.  This prototype will probably be repeated many times, since the end-time work is so many times larger than what was done by the original New Testament church.

The bottom line is the apostles had the power to pass out death sentences and Christ or the Father did the executing.  What was the result of God exalting these apostles?   Acts 5:11 tells us.

Acts 5:11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

This word “fear” is Strong’s #5401 meaning “(to be put in fear) alarm or fright- be afraid + exceedingly fear, terror.”    There came a great fear of this mighty God, who stands behind His chosen ones in the church.  What will it be for you and me today?   Will we tremble before this Mighty God who holds our destiny in His hands or will we be foolish virgins?

Let’s look at the original Elijah and his ability to pass out death sentences.   Will you stand in awe of this Mighty God who caused this to happen and wrote it down for you and me?  These things are the mind of Christ, Philippians 2:5.  Will we accept it?

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Was it a small thing that Elijah caused the execution of 850 prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18:19?   Four hundred were called prophets of the groves, which were Satan ministers.

1 Kings 18:19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.

1 Kings 19:1 says they were all killed, “And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.”

Didn’t Elijah pass out the death sentence and Christ and the Father saw to it that it was done?

1 Kings 18:40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal: let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

This prototype has definitely an end-time spiritual application.  Elijah will certainly be slaying Satan’s ministers with the sword of the spirit.

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

The 850 prototypes were flesh and blood.  Things will really get ugly as law and order deteriorates and Satan gives the Beast more and more power.   Yet, know for sure that nothing is done without God’s consent.  There will also be a demon factor in the end-time we will be dealing with.  I’m sure this Elijah character and the apostles and probably a lot of lay members will have the power to imprison and execute demons.  After all, the prophets of Baal were servants of Satan, just as the demons are.

Here is some food for thought.  Was some of this power to pass out death sentences and execute other humans passed on to the people?

1 Kings 18:39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God: the LORD, he is the God.

40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

This word “people” in verse 39 is Strong’s # 5971 meaning “a people (as congregated unit), spec. a tribe…”  Is it a coincidence that we call a group of Christians a congregation?  We really need to pay attention to what God’s word says, our destiny hinges on what we do with this written word.

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.

The place to start to insure our destiny in God’s kingdom is to fear God properly.  That is what this paper is all about.  Now let’s look at some more information God has given us about Elijah.

2 Kings 1:9 Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he spake unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down.

10 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

Did Elijah pass out a death sentence here and God back him up?  Fifty-one people were executed, you bet he did.  What is going on here?  Let’s look at the background.  King Ahaziah was injured from a fall, and sent messengers to inquire of Satan, Baalzebub, the god of Ekron, whether or not he would recover from the problem.

2 Kings 1:2 And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, enquire of Baalzebub the God of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease.

3 But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to enquire of Baalzebub the God of Ekron? 4 Now therefore thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. And Elijah departed.

5 And when the messengers turned back unto him, he said unto them, Why are ye now turned back?

6 And they said unto him, There came a man up to meet us, and said unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that thou sendest to enquire of Baalzebub the God of Ekron? therefore thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.

2 Kings 1:16 And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to enquire of Baalzebub the God of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to enquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.

17 So he died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah had spoken. And Jehoram reigned in his stead in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah: because he had no son.

In 2 Kings 1:3-4, Elijah confronts the messengers of Ahaziah about Satan worship and passes out the death sentence.

Verse 6 – this message of his death sentence is relayed to the king.

Verse 16 – seems to indicate that the scenario would have had a different ending, if, the king had approached the true God of Israel first.

Verse 17 – makes it very plain to any one who would fear God that Elijah had powers to pass out death sentences and God did the executions.

Are you willing to believe God’s word?  1 Corinthians 10:11 says these examples are prototypes for us.

“Examples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar: by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance: spec. a sampler (“type“), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zodhiates Complete Word Study New Testament says: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

Notices Strong’s says these are “models for imitation.”

Let’s continue with 2 Kings 1:9,10.  In reality this is a confrontation between God and Satan with humans as the pawns.

2 Kings 1:9 Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he spake unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down.

10 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

Notice the wording in verse 9. The king, Ahaziah, who was totally controlled by Satan, as we just learned, went to Satan for healing.  So Satan’s representatives say, “hey man of God, come to me.”  Our attitude should be, if it’s a man of God, let’s go to him and see what we can learn.

So what was this man of God Elijah’s response to Satan?  Remember, he was just a prototype of the end-time man of God.  Verse 10 gives us the response.  Elijah passes out the death sentence, God delivers the execution.  Will end-time Elijah be ordered around by Satan?  You bet he won’t, neither will the end-time apostles or regular lay members.

Let me ask you a question at this juncture.  Just how valuable to God is human life, walking, talking dirtThere is nothing recorded that I know of that indicates that the fifty that I assume were soldiers did anything to deserve the death sentence, yet they were executed by God.

Continuing in verse 11, the king, the one who sent to see if Satan would heal him, Satan’s king-servant was ordering Elijah around.  You know, obey me, and come down quickly.  In verse 12, Elijah passes the death sentence and God delivers the executions.  Apparently fifty-one innocent men were executed.  The message should be clear that when we find this end-time Elijah we better be careful what we say and do.  Now, when the third captain with his 50 came, in verse 13, 14, this man had an attitude adjustment, and there was a different response from God.

2 Kings 1:13 And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight.

14 Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight.

15 And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah, Go down with him: be not afraid of him. And he arose, and went down with him unto the king.

Notice in verse 15, this mighty God, that we had better learn to fear, was calling the shots all along.  This is the way it will be in the end-time.   Remember what it said?  God will put His words in this man’s mouth.  That is exactly what he was doing with Elijah and these captains of 50.

Now let’s look at the Moses prototype, Numbers 12:1-10.

Numbers 12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

2 And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.

3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)

4 And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.

5 And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.

6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.

7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.

8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches: and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?

9 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them: and he departed.

10 And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle: and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.

Moses was God’s chosen and appointed one.  It will be the same in the end-time.  God’s end-time Moses/Elijah who restores the knowledge of God to the church, will be God’s chosen one.   His brother and sister turn against him, submit to Satan’s way of thinking, start criticizing and finding fault with Moses.

Aren’t we brothers and sisters in Christ? So when men and women who are foolish virgins yet brothers and sisters in the church start criticizing God’s chosen one, in the end-time church, it doesn’t take much of this to really upset Jesus Christ.

Verses 6-8 tell us this man Moses was not your average prophet.  God makes it very plain that Moses is a cut above the rest, in how God deals with him.  Remember this is just a prototype for the endtime church.  It’s not that Moses was perfect or anything like that.  Remember he was a grievous sinner, but it is Christ’s decision as to how he deals with any human and we had better like it.

Verses 9-10, Christ in his righteous anger deals out a death sentence to Miriam, apparently she was the ring leader of this problem.  In this situation Moses was so well thought of by Christ that he asked God to rescind a death sentence and He did it.

Numbers 12:13 And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee.  14 And the LORD said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again.

Is this information necessary for salvation?  Not in the sense of having to know it, but the fear factor is what is necessary.  God put Numbers 12 there as a prototype for us to learn from.  Will we do it?

It’s very clear from this chapter that God will come down hard on any of the end-time virgins, brothers and sisters of the end-time Moses/Elijah, who do not treat His choice of human leader with the respect that God expects.  I’m not exactly capable of explaining that statement.  It certainly can’t turn into man worship, as it almost did with Paul in Acts 14:8-11, 18.

Acts 14:8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked:

9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,

10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

11 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.

18 And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them.

God won’t accept us criticizing his choice of whom he is using.  Satan will move many of the end-time virgins to act foolishly and some will do so.

Look at another example of this man Moses as we have just seen Moses had such a relationship with God that he could get a death sentence removed.   We will see this two more times as well as Moses authority to pass out a death sentence and have it done.

Notice Numbers 14:1.  There was a lot of complaining about Moses.  That’s just a prototype.  There will be lots of complaining in the end-time, Moses/Elijah’s congregation, by the foolish virgins and also the tares.  In Matthew 13:24-25 all the virgins are asleep and Satan is loading up the congregations with weeds to cause problems in the future.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Matthew 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

Numbers 14 shows us there will be a movement within the church to set up a new leader.  Take us back to the old way of being a Christian that we exercise while we were asleep.

Numbers 14:4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

Numbers 14:10 But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel. 11 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?  12 I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they

Numbers 14:17 And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying,  18 The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.

19 Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.

20 And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word:

Remember we have to come out of Egypt (the slavery to Satan) when we wake up from the cry at midnight.   While we are spiritually asleep we are slaves to Satan.  In verse 10, Satan had so taken over their minds they were at the point of stoning Moses, Aaron, Joshua, Caleb and no doubt Miriam.  In verses 11 and 12 Christ was getting ready to zap these rebellious Israelites and make a nation from Moses’ line of descendants.  So if we are not direct descendants of Moses, we owe our very existence to him.

Apparently verse 17-19 shows us at least part of the reason that God thought so highly of this man Moses.  Verse 20 shows the Israelites were saved from extermination by this man Moses, who God thought so highly of.  Will welearn to fear this mighty God from the prototypes he has written down for us?

In Numbers 16 Korah had turned the whole congregation to Satan’s way.

Numbers 16:19 And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the congregation.

20 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,

21 Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.

In verses 20-21, Moses and Aaron prayed and Christ’s great fury was turned.  Here again if we Israelites are not descendants of Moses, we owe our very existence to him.

In Numbers 16:41, 45, the very next day after the Korah example, the people were complaining and accusing Moses and Christ was well on His way to executing the whole congregation of Israelites. Moses and Aaron intervened and spared most of the congregation, but verse 49 tells us 14,700 died.

Now let’s look at Moses power to execute.  Go back to Numbers 16.

Numbers 16:1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:

2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:

3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

They were jealous of Gods relationship with Moses.  Verse 2 shows us it was the leaders of the congregation, deacons, local elders, etc. to put it in end-time language.

Numbers 16:5 And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will shew who are his, and who is holy: and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him.  6 This do: Take you censers, Korah, and all his company:

7 And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the LORD to morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the LORD doth choose, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.

8 And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi: 9 Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them?

10 And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the priesthood also?  11 For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the LORD: and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him?

12 And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which said, We will not come up:

In verses 5-7, Moses lays out the challenge.  In verses 8-12, Moses tries to talk some sense into their head.  Being an Israelite there was little chance they would listen.  Verse 10 tells us they wanted more power.  In verses 13-14 they accuse Moses of being a false prophet.

Numbers 16:13 Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us?  14 Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up.

Exodus 3:8, 17 speaks twice of this promise which was yet to be fulfilled.

Exodus 3:8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey: unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

17 And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.

Cause and effect seems never to have entered Korah’s mind, that he and his associates might have something to do with the delay of that promise.

Just as a side point, Satan can and does sort through our minds, and uses the things against us that would upset, offend, irritate, or in any other way that might lead us toward sin.  I’ve said this before and will say it again that  we will blush with embarrassment when we finally see how much control Satan and his demons have had over our lives in the past.

Who is the most powerful, Satan or Christ?   Christ is of course, but notice what happened in Numbers 16:19-21.

Numbers 16:19 And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the congregation.

20 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 21 Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.

Satan used Korah to sway the whole congregation against Moses.  Christ was going to execute the whole group.   Why?  Because we as individuals have a right to choose either direction.  Remember this example in Numbers is just a prototype to be imitated in the end-time.  Does this account look like Christ is going to force salvation on any one or make us pay the price for wrong decisions.  We best learn to fear this mighty God and respect the choices he makes in the end-time as to who he places in charge, not as dictator hierarchist but as a teacher.  Remember Deuteronomy 18:18 tells us He will put His words in this man’s mouth.

Deuteronomy 18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth: and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

Do you think Satan can take you over and use you?  If you don’t, you had better think again.

2 Timothy 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Notice this prototype written for us end-time virgins.  This most certainly will be acted out spiritually in the end-time and maybe physically also this power to execute other humans that God gives this Moses/Elijah person will no doubt be used more and more as we get closer to the end and law and order breaks down.

Numbers 16:28-30 Moses spells out plainly in verse 29 that if these men die of natural causes the natural process of dying that was prevalent in those days, then Moses was not sent of God.

Numbers 16:28 And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works: for I have not done them of mine own mind.  29 If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men: then the LORD hath not sent me.

30 But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit: then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.

In verse 30 Moses even chose the way these people would die.  He could just as easily have said that lions or bears would kill them.  Or they could have been eaten alive by rodents, or ripped to shreds by eagles, or their flesh could have started rotting off their bones, starting at their toes and proceeding upward and take three hours to kill them.   Use your imagination.  The knowledge that God will hand pick this end-time Moses/Elijah person and give him that kind of power and Jesus Christ will back it up truly puts the fear of this awesome God in me.

Notice verses 31-33.  Christ followed up on Moses’ death sentence.  Korah, Dathon and Abiram were executed in that manner.

Numbers 16:31 And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:  32 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.

33 They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.  34 And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.

35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.

Verse 35 tells us how Christ executed the other 250 rebels.

Verse 34 shows that there was a temporary injection of fear into the Israelites.  That didn’t last long as we’ve already covered.   The very next day Satan had repossessed their minds and verse 41 is what they were saying.  So another 14,700 had to die, verse 49.

Numbers 16:41 But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the LORD.

49 Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah.

What fools our ancestors were.  Can we ever learn from their mistakes?

Let’s take a brief look at three instances about Joshua.  I’m overwhelmed as I see and understand the power God had given Joshua, Moses and Elijah.  Read Joshua 10:12-14. What an incredible miracle this was.  Notice verse 14 God hearkened to the voice of a man.

Joshua 10:12 Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon: and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.

13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.

God is all-powerful.   He could have worked this situation out many other ways, yet he chose to listen to Joshua.  We all know that God is not a respecter of persons, Acts 10:34.  To me this means He won’t favor you over me. The fact is Christ chose the scenario that he has had written out for us.  It shows that he thought very highly of Joshua, just like he did Moses.

Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

Does Christ take it as a personal insult, an affront, when we fail to believe and make foolish accusations against the person He has chosen?  Are we saying to Christ through our actions, “Hey you made a wrong choice.  This man you chose has such and such a problem?”   Whatever it is, we will do well to fear this mighty God, and respect his choices.  Just because any given person has a place of authority in the church doesn’t mean Christ put them there.  If you came through the Worldwide Church God with its hierarchy system you know full well what I mean.  Satan has his ministers, etc.

Our way into the promise land won’t be quick and easy.  Joshua took the original Israelites into the promise land. The end-time Joshua/Elijah will do the same.

Joshua 11:18 Joshua made war a long time with all those kings.

It’s going to take a lot of years to get to the promise land after we wake up.  When the first group wakes up from the cry at midnight, that means we are just half way there.  Midnight is half way to dawn.

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

We, the end time Christians, will have to act out many of the prototypes written in the Bible, both spiritual and physical.

Who are these kings mentioned in Joshua 11:18?  It’s the leaders of all the spiritual opposition we will run into, leaders of the splinter group of the Worldwide Church God plus many other religious groups who are out there that Satan will use to fight us every step of the way.  Don’t think for a second that the trip into the promise land will be a greased slide after we wake up.  The book of Joshua tells us the physical fights they had: we will no doubt havemajor spiritual battles with these kings.

There is another reason for this also, Rahab the harlot.  There are numerous spiritual Rahabs in these splinter groups of the Worldwide Church God as well as other groups who will have to be extracted and given their cry at midnight.  Don’t think for a second that Satan will without a fight give up these good seed that he has trapped in one of his hierarchy systems under the leadership of his king.  Joshua 10:23-25 tells us the out-come of these confrontations with the leader of these churches of Satan, Revelation 2:9 and 3:9.

Joshua 10:23 And they did so, and brought forth those five kings unto him out of the cave, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon.

24 And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings unto Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said unto the captains of the men of war which went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of them.

25 And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom ye fight.

Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

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.

Will we hear and fear what these mighty Gods, Christ and the Father have written in His word for us?  That’s what we are judged by, 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.

The wise virgins will hear, fear, and tremble before the written word of the great God who desperately wants to give us eternal life.  The wise virgins will start to understand that God and Christ won’t bend their rules toto accommodate a foolish human, a spiritual moron.

Matthew 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

“Foolish” is Strong’s # 3474 meaning “dull or stupid…”  Zodhiates Lexical Aids to the New  Testament says of this word “‘moros… silly, stupid, foolish, from which the English word moron is derived…”

The wise virgins will start to learn to truly fear God, and in this process we don’t have the option of rejecting, make light of, being disrespectful, etc., the man whom Christ and the Father has chosen to be the end-time Elijah as well as the end-time apostles.  If we think we can act and accuse in the way we have in the past we are in for some shocking experiences.  We need to review how Christ dealt with the people who accused and were disrespectful to Christ’s chosen ones.  Review Korah, Aaron, Miriam, Ananias and Shaphira, the captains of 50’s and Elijah.

The fact is as we wake up from our spiritual sleep, Matthew 25:5, we are in a whole new ball game.  To put it in street language, we are playing hard ball now, and we have a time-limit on repentance imposed and enforced on us from God the Father.  He is the ultimate power, and the buck stops with Him.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Luke 13:6 He spake also this parable: A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard: and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.

7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down: why cumbereth it the ground?

8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:

9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

The Father would give any virgin three years, but Christ intercedes and gets the virgins  (fig trees) an extra year.  This should strike a lot of fear in our minds.  The bottom line is after we receive our cry at midnight, which is when God sends us spiritual truth to wake us up from our spiritual sleep.  We have four years, maximum, to produce works, proof of the Holy Spirit or we will be burned later.

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

This shows us God’s attitude until then, because the famine of the word was decreed and sent by God.

Amos 8:11 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:

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.

We virgins had no control over this but we do have control over our actions after we wake up.

A word to the wise, when we think we have found this man, (the end-time Joshua, Moses Zerubbabel, Elijah) or one of the impostors.  There is going to be lots of counterfeits out there.  We should not make open damning comments about this man OR the counterfeits until we are 100% sure.  Open comment invokes an open response from God.  If Korah and helpers had just thought these things and not said them would the result have been different?   I tend to think it would.

Another point that we need to consider, does Christ need our help in straightening out the problems of this Moses/Elijah character?   I don’t think so, read Exodus 4:24-26.

Exodus 4:24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. 25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.  26 So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.

The message should be clear that Moses wouldn’t obey Christ, apparently because of his wife. So Christ was going to kill him.  Can the person Christ chooses to be the end-time Moses/Elijah act any way he wants to?  I think not.  Did Christ need any help in handling the situations?  No way and He won’t need our help in handling the end-time Moses/Elijah or his 13 apostles including Paul, or any average member.  Christ may choose to use church members to deal with certain things, but let’s be invited, rather than imposing ourselves on the situation.  We, the end-time virgins are without excuse, 1 Corinthians 10:11 is true.

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

“Examples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar: by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance: spec. a sampler (“type“), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

“Admonition” is Strong’s #3559: “calling attention to, i.e. (by impl.) mild rebuke or warning.”

“World” is Strong’s #165: “prop. an age: by extens. perpetuity (also past): by impl. the world: spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):—age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end).”

It is all written out for us, but will we believe what it says?

For us the end-time virgins, this end-time Elijah character also represents Moses, Joshua, Zerubbabel all rolled up into one man.  We as end-time virgins are foolish (morons) if we dare step over the bounds laid out in Gods word for us concerning this man.  There is no excuse.  God has spelled it out plain for us.

There is more than I’ve covered in this paper on the subject.  Will we fear and tremble before these two mighty God’s who will make these things happen, regardless of what we think about it.

Just a couple paragraphs of wondering out loud before I stop.  Will the Moses aspect of this man have a wife who is a sister in the faith or will she be a real physical sister as well as a sister in the faith, like Miriam?  What about Aaron would he be if it in deed happens this way be a real physical brother or a brother in the faith or both?

The Joshua aspect of Elijah, will he have a faithful assistant like Caleb?  What about Elijah?

1 Kings 18:43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.

“Servant” here is Strong’s # 5288 meaning “a boy (as active) from the age of infancy to adolescence, by impl. a servant…”   In 1 Kings 19:3 “servant” is the same word.  Some of this remains to be seen how it will play out.

1 Kings 19:3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.

Will we learn the fear of God?  There are two ways to do it, the easy way and the hard way.  Our forefathers, the ancient Israelites learned the hard way.  The ones who came out of Egypt died on the way to the Promised Land.

The Bible is clear that fifty percent of end-time virgins will die on the way into the Kingdom.

Matthew 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

Does that have to happen?  No, if humans would believe their God, there could be one hundred percent wise virgins.  The choice is yours and mine.  Individually we determine our destiny by the decisions we make.

Published August, 2002

© Edgar Y. Bennett
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