September 2017 Newsletter - "On the Resurrection" by Dayton Thomas
Shalom Saints! We know this is an incredible season. Prophecy is being fulfilled, and signs of the end time are evidence that the time is near. I thank Yahweh and ask Him for understanding every day. Every time we gather, we hear the sound of the alarm. The Torah, the Prophets, the parables, and the New Testament all agree that the true saints of Yah will experience the Resurrection at the end of the age in the Day of the Lord. Yahweh has been revealing His plan in His Word, and by His spirit, we can search out the Wisdom of Yah "hidden in a mystery." 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 says, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
"We shall not all sleep," reminds me of the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matt 25:5) that were awoken by the cry in the night. They awoke, and the wise entered the bridal chamber. Perhaps "changed" refers to the wedding garments that would be put on by the virgins. The 10 virgins are who those ruled by the Law of God. The 5 wise are those of the people of Yah that have put an end to their natural sense and are walking in step with grace in the ministries of Yahweh. However, the 5 foolish are dominated by their natural senses, being ruled by earthly pleasures. Although they also received grace, they do not enter in, being found wanting of the oil of anointing and holiness.
In verse 52, we see a strong prophetic reference to Malachi 3.
Mal 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.
Malachi writes of the coming Day of the Lord. The word suddenly comes from a Hebrew root meaning "moment," "the opening and closing of the eye," or even "twinkling." When Paul writes, "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye," we can clearly see the Apostle's profound knowledge of Hebrew. He is interpreting the prophetic scriptures of Malachi using the definitions of the very words according to Hebrew thought. This passage in Malachi says that in the Day of the Lord, the Lord will suddenly return to his temple. See what these next verses say about the Temple of Yah.
1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
2Co 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.
"as God hath said…" The following promise appears many times in Scripture, but in Ezekiel we read of the prophetic promise.
Eze 37:26-27 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Eph 2:19-22 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
From these few verses, it is clear that WE ARE THE TEMPLE that Malachi is talking about, and if you aren't convinced, we read in the book of Revelation that this prophetic promise is fully manifested.
Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
I was going over this with a brother, and he pointed me to Daniel 12. It speaks of the time of the end.
Dan 12:1-3 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Above, we read a remarkably similar parable of the wise and foolish awakening from sleep at the end of the age. The connections are clear: the wise will be shining as the heavens as the glory of Yah returns to His temple, His people. Each of these scriptures prophetically map out the patterned plan of Yah to inhabit and consummate His people with His glory at the end of the age.
This is the change that Paul spoke of in our original verse. This change is nothing the World, nor even the Church, has ever seen. It will be the equipping of the Saints to manifest Yahweh's kingdom in all the Earth. So now we all must ask ourselves, what is the guarantee that we will be a part of this company of people that "will not sleep, but will be changed"? The answer is easier said than done.
We must walk in "the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory…" (1Cor 2:7)
Blessings, Dayton Thomas