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By acting as an imager of Jesus 115 , and helping others see and hear the truth of Jehovah and his instructor and tutor, your Altar of Incense gets filled and lighted - this pleasing aroma of intercession, praise and worship drifts into the Holy of Holies in heaven, where Jesus intercedes for you before Jehovah 116 – You, not as a child anymore, but now as a Friend 117 . Again, this is The Path, The Way. ‘Many are called but few are chosen’ 118 . When Jesus preached in Judea, multitudes of thousands would follow him. But only 12 stayed with him night and day, listening intently. We know at one point, 70 disciples 119 stayed to learn, but not as the original 12 did. These 12 learning the words of Jesus, learned what He did, how he Thought and what He believed. They learned, and were reminded, that Jehovah’s ways aren’t our ways 120 . Learning to be selfless servants to first Jehovah and then His Son, and then to all humanity including the unclean Gentiles and even their enemies. It wasn’t until the Last Supper that Jesus looked around the table, replaced their flesh with his and called them Friends. After three years these disciples went from being one
of the multitude, to being called (and they had to decide to accept the call and follow); after three years of learning the ways of God, being tutored and mentored by His Son, learning the fulfillment of Torah, after all of this, then they became the Son of God’s friend - a comfortable place for Yeshuah to rest his head 121 . A Green Pasture for the Son
of God free of thorns and thistles 122 . It is this very Friendship, that is reflected in Psalms 23 verse 3:
“He restores my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”

When Yeshuah sees one in the outer-court, going back and forth between the brazen laver and the brazen alter in introspection and Affliction of Soul –The Essence of Yom Kippur. The High Priest, recognizes Himself in that imager. He sees a friend in the outer courtyard who, like Himself, will do the righteous work in first himself and then in The
Harvest. And so, Yeshua, promotes this diligent and faithful servant and brings them into the Holy Place where he is to be fruitful. Because his soul has been restored through obedience, faith and belief 123 .

He knows that because he knows your heart. And he knows that you haven’t enlisted yourself into this work for your own escapism. But that you are willing to suffer trials, testing, tribulation and persecution for Jehovah, for friends, for family, and most importantly for enemies and unbelievers 124 . When He sees that in you, He restores your soul, and He leads you out of the tabernacle and into the camp of the children of Israel for His namesake - not yours.

And so, you leave His mountain 125 of blessing, His camp and venture into the valley between the mountains of life and death. Where there are bones of living peoplescattered about who need to be justified into the free gift of salvation by drinking of the Living Water, that is the testimony of Yeshua’s words; and eat of His Heavenly Bread, Jehovah’s Truth.

This is the Essence of Ministry 126 .As an imager of Jesus, as one who has spent time cleansing and polishing the brazen laver at altar, you walk into the valley of death not out of accident, but as a new Warrior-Priest who is following a directive for an important mission 127 . “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort.”

Again, this symbolism is found in Psalms 23. This Warrior-Priest has left the Tabernacle and has left the camp and gone out on a mission in the valley of death 128 . He fears no evil because of the work that he put in during the preparation time. He knows his High Priest, his Shepherd, has taught him all the pitfalls and dangerous areas of this
particular valley. He is no longer a lamb requiring constant oversight by the Shepard because the Commands of God have been written in his mind, circumcised his heart and guide his right hand and right foot 129 . He is a Priest. His work in the Tabernacle and intercession has made him a Shepard of some lambs. ‘Much is expected, to whom much is given’ 130 . So, he has no fear because he knows that Yeshua is within his fleshly tabernacle - in His Holy Place. ‘For thou art with me.’

The rod of God is His Commandments and Laws 131,132 . This iron rod is given to Jesus
from the nations who have perverted God’s law 133,134,135 – simple to discern by watching
the nations walk 136. This Iron Rod is a Hand of God. The body of Messiah are all the new men and women who have received the free gift through justification and salvation 137 , and who all have varying degrees of their walk completed in the outer court or the Holy Place. But there is a Remnant, a Set-Apart Chosen who have heard the call from their shepherd (their High Priest) and have given everything up 138,139 in faith and belief on the promise of Jesus and Jehovah. They have Pure Belief, knowing that in submitting fully, promoting only the Testimony of Jesus to all men, will all their needs be met as promised.

This is what happened when the Chosen left the multitude to become disciples, and these 12 disciples remained and became friends and then after Jesus ascended, these friends went about his work as if they were his wife - suffering martyrdom and death with Him; Joyful in persecution 140,141 , like their groom was 142 , is and will be. The Bride, the right hand of Yeshuah is also a Hand of God – along with the Rod. Moses and Aaron exemplified this by becoming the personification of the humble staff 143,144,145,146 . The humble staff represents the humble New Priest, a simple vessel whoallows the Power of God to spark the oil of his menorah that he has built up through the Squeezing of Olives in you. It isn’t his light that shines, it’s Yeshuah’s, as he is just a vessel of witness and testimony 145,146.

When a man marries a woman, he separates from the covering of his parents, and mother and cleaves to His Bride 147 . Likewise, Jesus offers to His bride, His spiritual covering 148 . The Bride, The Chosen, The Remnant, The Overcomer – whatever you want to call it – they know their groom intimately 149 . They function in the priesthood and Holy Place of the Tabernacle. They chose to serve all others over themselves – despite the cries of their fleshly body. They choose to keep the Commands and Laws of Jehovah – despite the cries of their fleshly mind. They chose obedience to that which
they don’t have to do, because they chose to do it out of Love – this is body, mind and soul. because they understand the Essence of the Law of Love to Jehovah is walking in righteousness 150,151. And this bridal language is exactly what we see in verse 4 of Psalms 23. “Thou prepares the table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointed my
head with oil; my cup runneth over.”

In Revelation we learn of seven lamp sticks, which are called the churches. Then we learn in Jesus’ letters to these 7 churches, that only two of these lamp sticks give The Light of Jehovah, and are the imagers of Jesus. Two of seven churches are anointed with oil and receive the rewards and blessings of not sacrificing their efforts in the face of persecution, fleshly enticements and self-centeredness. Jesus lauds these churches for giving all into service, and holding nothing back from their neighbors - including their enemies - but most importantly in service to Jehovah 152,153.

Also in Revelation, we see that The Chosen (these two churches) are invited to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb – allowed to escape the wrath of Jehovah 152,153. Those who have willingly chosen to give all to Yeshuah, are invited to sit in the place of honor at the table as Overcomers. Slaves to Jehovah, who held nothing back in their service to
God and man, are then given His name and become a pillar in His house (the New Jerusalem). A reward for choosing to willingly give body, mind, and soul despite the grace to say ‘I believe, but I don’t have to do all that right?’ That’s correct, you don’t have to. You can choose to forfeit being called The Bride and choose to settle to become a child of the Kingdom 154 . But isn’t that kinda being like a child, caught between being guided in maturity and the desire to be held
unaccountable? 155,156,157,158 For the Bride, as Paul would say to The Overcomer, the cup of their rewards and
blessings runneth over for eternity 159,160,161,162,163,164,165 . This is the Essence of the ‘meek will inherit the earth’ 166,167.

As in the story of Esther – a new queen - , like the Bride of Christ, This Overcomer - will have ‘goodness and mercy’ on earth and ‘forever’ as they dwell in their abode with Messiah in the New Jerusalem. Never having to worry about being separated from her Groom, the Messiah. She has unparalleled rights and access to Him, the King of Eternity, as a co-ruler that others can only dream of. Esther acted in humility, meekness, Wisdom and authority. She was patient, not neglecting the preparation time 168 , but standing firm in the Truth despite persecution 169 . She acted as a Jewel 170 ,
refined, and squeezed by a stressful situation. That is who The Chosen are. Jewels, ministers 171 of Christ – ready and willing for the fire and squeezing of the small gate. “you have been called for such a time as this.”

Just as progressive sanctification is played out when you study the progression from: multitudes, to disciple, to friend and then to the overcomer. You also see this progressive sanctification played out in the idea of the priesthood and tabernacle. At first, it was all of the firstborn of the children of Israel who were called to become The Army of Jehovah’s firstborn Priest-Warrior Nation. But they couldn’t stop complaining and murmuring against God 172,173 . So then God called the Levites, a specific tribe (out of 12 tribes), to be this Host – Army - in a plan B situation. And out of this one tribe, he called out one family (Aaron’s) to be the High Priests.

This is our call to go from being a child (of Israel), then mature into one of the 12 (tribes / disciples); further maturing into a tribe of priests (Aaron’s family) and then becoming completed by being married into Yeshuah’s ‘family’ – sharing the family business of an intercessory mission as a Bride. This same progressive sanctification (The Way) is seen in the temple progression. When you hear the call to leave the abode made from your own hands and mind, to enter the abode of Messiah, you demonstrate walking out of Babylon into covenant. The old-man, walks away from his old life, his old Babylonian house and becomes a child of Israel 174 .

The child of Israel wanders the wilderness, murmuring, complaining, seeing the signs of God all around him but still letting his flesh crave Babylon or Egypt. Through these trials and proving, the child of Israel grows into a man, and decides to enter the skin-covered Tabernacle for training. He hears the call and accepts. He becomes a student disciple
to the High Priest in the Tabernacle. He needs time in the outer court to sacrificially exchange his old flesh, for new Heavenly Bread.

Overtime, this New Man truly becomes a hardened stone at the brazen alter. Like his High Priest – The Chief Corner Stone 175 – he has been washed in The Word countless times, refined by the brazen alters fire and turned into a Living Stone in a New Living Temple. This New Priest is invited into the Holy Place by Yeshua to learn how to serve and protect his charge – a small flock at first, but it will grow. Instead of following from behind Yeshuah, Messiah wants to work alongside 176,177 this New Priest and see what he is made of. Solomon, was known for Wisdom 180 and builds the stone temple based on the plans of his father King David, who possessed integrity and love of God 178,179 .
Messiah wants to make sure that the Living Stones 181 of the Living Stone Temple haveWisdom, Integrity and Pure Love as displayed by David and Solomon. So, the High Priest, seeing those attributes in the Living Stone, gives him a small charge, but as the zeal of this New Living Stone grows, the charge increases 182,183.

Those who do a lot with their charge are given more training. There is no need for them to learn to enter the Holy of Holies, but there is need for them to enter the valley of the Shadow of Death. As occupiers, sowers, reapers, watchmen, harvesters; acting as an army actively pushing back the forces of evil, taking down strong holds and freeing the
captives from plague and pestilence 184,185,186 . Performing Healing and deliverance 187. Going out and finding the injured, lost and stolen sheep and claiming them back – in Jesus name-sake. These Living Stones, the New Priests, become New Priest-Warriors.

The New Priest-Warriors function as veterans within their own fleshly tabernacle. Acting in unison as the Living Stone Temple. Wandering out into the Lion, Bear and Dragon infested wilderness they face huge pressures, persecutions and Dragon breathed fire. These pressures and fire transform the Living Stone into various Living Jewels. Jewels of Yeshuah’s Crown of Suffering 188 . Living Jewels who compose the Living New Jerusalem 189 where the Living Water of Life flow forth (the Bride) 190 . I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Because as Living Jewels, married to the
King and High Priest and receiving His Covering, The Overcomer becomes the House of the Lord forever.

Brethren, do not forsake the preparation time. Lie down the old man and seek the heavenly bread. Allow yourself to be proved in Jehovah’s Laws of Love and in Jesus’ Grace – through trials and tests. It isn’t easy looking into those still waters and letting it cut your flesh away. But wont you just let it? The call has been made. You can Chose to obey your rationalization and justification, and choose not to answer – but isn’t that exactly what the knowledge of good and evil
does? Rationalizing and justifying of what is good in your own eyes keeps you from the blessings 191,192 ? Be a warrior like David. Don’t forsake this preparation time.

Chose the mission of leaving the camp as an emissary 193 . Chose the blessings over the curses. Chose love over self. Chose His promise. Keep it simple, just, Chose to say ‘I do’ 194,195. Rev 19:6-11 “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth (the Lord is my Shepherd). (7) Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him (I shall not want): for the marriage (He maketh me to lie down) of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready (in green pastures: He leadeth me beside still waters). (8) And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen,
clean and white (he restoreth my soul): for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints (He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake). (9) And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed (I will fear no evil) are they which are called (thy rod and staff, they comfort me) unto the marriage supper of the Lamb (thou preparest a table before
me). And [the angel] saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. (10) And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus (thou anointest my head with oil): worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (my cup runneth over).

(11) And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war (Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever).”  

Rev 21:2-3, 10-11, 19 “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (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. … (10) And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, (11) Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone
most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; … (19) And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;”

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