Are we not told in Genesis that Yahweh has completed his work of creation? This is what we read in the book of Genesis:
Genesis 2: 1-3:
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day Elohim ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And Elohim blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which Elohim created and made.”
It appears that Yahweh has completed some of his work. There are other scriptures that indicate that he had more to do. Please consider these Bible verses:
“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered or come into mind.”
Isaiah 66: 22:
“For as the new heavens and the new earth, I will make, shall remain before me, saith Yahweh, so shall your seed and your name remain.”
2 Peter 3:13:
“Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
Based on these three verses, it appears Yahweh is not finished creating. He did complete a physical creation. However, it appears that what remains to be created is a new spiritual creation. The new earth will be very different than the one we live on now. According to Isaiah, we will not remember the earth we inhabit now.
Yahweh’s new creation is more then just a new earth and heavens. This earth and heavens will also have some new beings as well. Notice what we are told in 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore if any man be in Messiah, he is a new creation.”
Who are these new beings that are in Messiah? These new beings or Saints will be resurrected when Messiah returns. They are the 144,000 we were introduced to in Revelation 14:1. The resurrection they participate in is called the better resurrection by Paul in Hebrews 11:35. In Revelation 20:5, we are told that this is the first resurrection. These are the first new spiritual beings to be created. More will be coming in a later resurrection. These first spirit beings or Saints will be with Messiah when he returns. (Jude 1:14)
Can we learn more about these spirit beings and how they come to be created? Yes, but first I wish to introduce you to the concept of a “pattern” that Yahweh has revealed.
The first mention of the existence of a pattern is found in Exodus 25: 8-9: “and let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall you make it.”
This pattern was revealed to Moses so he could construct the tabernacle in the wilderness. This event was confirmed by Paul in Hebrews 8:5. Paul reveals that the pattern given to Moses was a “shadow of heavenly things.” That heavenly or spiritual domain existed before the foundation of the world. The tabernacle and its physical design and furnishings can you give us insight into a spiritual reality. We are now in a temporal dimension. This temporal dimension provides us with clues from which we can learn more about the reality of a spiritual dimension.
Moses was not the only person to whom a pattern was revealed. Notice what we are told in 1 Chronicles 28: 10-13:
“Take heed now; for Yahweh has chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong and do it. Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasures thereof, and of the upper chambers thereof, and of the inner parlours thereof, and of the place of the Mercy seat, and the pattern of all that he had by the spirit, of the courts of the House of Yahweh and of all the Chambers roundabout, of the treasuries of the dedicated things. Also for the courses of the priests and Levites, and for all the work of the service of the House of Yahweh, and for all the vessels of service in the house of Yahweh.”
David not only received a revelation about the construction of the new temple but also guidance regarding the development of the priests and Levites. Instructions for the Levitical priests and Levites were also included in the pattern revealed to both Moses and David.
You’ll note that when the tabernacle was completed, only the high priest and priests were available to serve in that tabernacle. It was not until the second year that Yahweh instructed Moses to dedicate the Levites to assist the priests. Once this new role was assigned, Moses was given orders to move to a new location. The Levites were necessary to facilitate this move.
The pattern of the spiritual priesthood or order of Melchizedek is first introduced in Genesis 14. This was the occasion when Abraham encountered Melchizedek, the king of Salem, the priest of the Most High. In Hebrews 6:20 we were informed that Messiah YahwehShua is, “a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” Later a pattern would be revealed to Moses for a physical priesthood.
Aaron was named the Levitical high priest after the spiritual pattern of Melchizedek. The sons of Aaron and their descendants thereafter are called to be priests. They follow the spiritual pattern that is yet to be realized in the 144,000 Saints who are to be resurrected when Messiah returns. The Levites represent the spirit beings that will be selected during the Last Great Day or White Throne Judgment for resurrection into the Kingdom of Yahweh on the new earth.
This pattern can also be seen in the Feast of Tabernacles revealed in Leviticus 23. That was a physical representation of the spiritual reality. This feast was presented for the benefit of the physical Israelites, not the spiritual Israelites. This conclusion is based on Yahweh’s explanation given to Moses in Leviticus 23:42-43:
“Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths. That your generation may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am Yahweh your Elohim.”
You will note that the Feast of Tabernacles is not included in the doctrine of Messiah presented in Hebrews 6:1-2. We have no participation in the Day of Atonement (Coverings) or Feast of Tabernacles. The doctrine of Messiah does include the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. These are represented by the Feast of Shouting and the Last Great Day or White Throne Judgment, during which the Saints have active roles.
The revelation of the physical and spiritual pattern is very important. This significantly increases our understanding about the Scriptures and Yahweh’s ongoing plan. The Saints are finally able to more deeply understand their calling and purpose. The plan of the ages is for them. This plan was developed and implemented for the sake of the firstfruits or Saints. An alternative translation for Genesis 1: 1 is: “For the sake of the firstfruits Elohim created the heaven and the earth.”
Peter tells us in Acts 2:38: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of YahwehShua Messiah for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Peter reveals the required first step to become a Saint. Just as the Levitical high priest and priests are first washed, so are the Saints. The Saints have a different outcome. Upon receiving the Spirit of Messiah in baptism, the seed of Messiah is implanted within them. For the rest of their time on earth, in their physical form, the spirit of Messiah must grow. When that Saint dies, the Spirit of the Messiah must be fully formed within them to qualify them to be in the better resurrection. (Galatians 4: 19)
When you study further into the pattern of the physical versus the spiritual priesthoods, one should inquire about the process of consecration. You will notice that both with the initial consecration of Aaron and his sons, as well as the priests revealed at the beginning of the thousand years, a seven-day period is required. What about the Saints?
The Saints are consecrated during their existence throughout the seven ages. The ages begin with Adam. During this age the genetic code necessary for all mankind was created within Adam. This code was passed through each succeeding generation. Therefore those who are called and chosen to be Saints have completed their time of seven days just like the Levitical priests in the tabernacle. What tabernacle you might ask? Peter provides this answer in second Peter 1:13-14 when he says: “Yes, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; knowing that shortly I must put off this tabernacle, even as our Sovereign YahwehShua hath shewed me.“
Peter describes our human body as a tabernacle. Aaron and his sons were in a tabernacle made with hands while all mankind including the Saints are in a tabernacle made without hands. We are in this tabernacle beginning with Adam, second with Noah, third with Abraham, fourth with Moses, fifth with David and sixth during the age of Messiah. The Saints are born during the seventh age when Messiah returns. We complete our consecration during that age and are revealed during the eighth age or Last Great Day.
The Levitical priests could not minister unto Yahweh without fulfilling the process of consecration. The pattern dictates that a similar requirement exists for the spiritual order of Melchizedek. Just as the seven day requirement is revealed for the physical priesthood, the same is true in the plan of the ages as revealed in Ephesians 3:11. The Saints must complete the seven ages or seven days. The King James translators render this verse with “eternal purpose” but a better translation is plan of the ages.
In 1 Corinthians 15:50, Paul tells us, “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom.” Therefore in the resurrection of the Saints, they are re-created as spirit beings, which allows them to enter the kingdom of Yahweh. They will no longer face death and be able to, “follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.” (Revelation 14:4)
Aaron was chosen by Yahweh to be the first Levitical high priest and therefore his sons as priests. The Saints are called by Yahweh and chosen by Messiah. But are they related to Messiah as the Levitical priests were related to Aaron? Yes! The apostle John explains how this can be in 1 John 3:2: “Beloved, now are we the sons of Yahweh, and it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him: for we shall see him as he is.”
John informs us in John 3:3 that, “Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of Yahweh.” All mankind must be changed from physical beings to spiritual beings. The Saints are the firstfruits of this re-creation. When we are baptized and hands laid upon us, the Spirit of Messiah begins to grow within us. If we overcome, that Spirit displaces our physical tabernacle and we are resurrected in the image of Messiah with a spiritual body. We are fashioned after Messiah, as the sons of Aaron possessed their father’s characteristics.
Many are called but few are chosen. (Matthew 20: 16) However, to be in the first resurrection you must be called, chosen and faithful. (Revelation 17: 14) To be considered faithful, one must overcome. John reminds us of this in 1 John 3:23:
“And this is his Commandment, that we should believe on the name of his Son YahwehShua Messiah, and love one another, and as he gave us commandment.”
Peter confirms the first part of this reminder from John in Acts 4: 12: “There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
John addresses the second part of the above scripture concerning love in 1 John 3:14: “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.”
Calling on the correct name is fundamental to even entering the race to overcome. The ability to truly love a brother is fundamental to overcoming.
If you believe that you are being called, pray for truth to Yahweh and contact our elders. The first resurrection has very few Saints, only 144,000. Perhaps it is time to discover if you have the potential to become a Saint. This is not an easy path to take, but the rewards are well worth it. Are you interested?
What will happen to your loved ones and other people who are not being called at this time? Revelation 20:5 provides an answer: “The rest of the dead live not again until the thousand years are finished.“ Death and the grave are abolished. (Revelation 20: 14) Not one human being is lost. Yahweh is all about love. (1 John 4: 8) We have a strong message of hope and comfort.
Remember what Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Notice that we are warned about spiritual wickedness, not human wickedness. We are warned about Satan and his demons. All mankind and all angels will be in the new heavens and earth. They will all be spirit beings. However, some will be in New Jerusalem and some outside the walls.
If you are called and chosen, and if you are able to overcome unto death you will be in the better resurrection. When the new heavens and earth are created you will be in New Jerusalem. As part of this new creation you will have no memory of how you came to be there. There will be no more sin, curses, sickness, death, war, regrets or loneliness. You will be one with Messiah and the Father. You will be a new creation with opportunities we cannot fully comprehend. Since you are reading this article perhaps this is your invitation, your calling. Stop and consider!
“Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be open unto you. (Matthew 7: 7)