[Isa 26:19-21 KJV] 19 Thy dead [men] shall live, [together with] my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew [is as] the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. 20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. 21 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.
[Mat 16:25 KJV] 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
[Mar 8:35 KJV] 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
[Luk 9:24 KJV] 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
[Luk 17:33 KJV] 33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
[Gal 2:20 KJV] 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
[Num 17:6-11 KJV] 6 And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, and every one of their princes gave him a rod apiece, for each prince one, according to their fathers’ houses, [even] twelve rods: and the rod of Aaron [was] among their rods. 7 And Moses laid up the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness. 8 And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds. 9 And Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD unto all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod. 10 And the LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron’s rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not. 11 And Moses did [so]: as the LORD commanded him, so did he.
[Heb 9:1-14 KJV] 1 Then verily the first [covenant] had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. 2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein [was] the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
(((3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein [was] the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;)))
5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. 6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service [of God]. 7 But into the second [went] the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and [for] the errors of the people: 8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: 9 Which [was] a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 10 [Which stood] only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed [on them] until the time of reformation. 11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption [for us]. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
The verses above all pertain to the resurrection. In particular, I have highlighted what Paul wrote to the Hebrews to establish the testimonies which came to reside in the ark of the tabernacle. Among these, the rod of Aaron. It is generally taught that the rod of Aaron budded. But to be precise, (Numbers 17) it came to life, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds. In this state, the rod was placed in the ark of testimonies as a token against rebels.
There are many who preach Christ. Some preach him as an objective, far removed in time and space, and these preachers presume to teach that when you believed, you were delivered into a system by which, if you follow their (the preacher’s) concepts and ideas about Christ, you may some day “die and go to heaven”. Let it be clear, that you were not delivered into a system. You were, by faith, delivered into a finished work. Where is this finished work? what is it? who is it?
It is seated at the right hand of the majesty on high. It is the resurrected, glorified Son of man. He is that one king David saw, dwelling in the light unto which no flesh may approach, and so, called him LORD, destroying any arguments of whose son he is. For nothing may dwell with the Father, save that which proceeded from the Father. Jesus once raised a man, Lazarus, from the dead. This was not THE RESURRECTION, but was a reconstitution in order to teach us something. When Jesus came to the place where he would do this miracle, he was met by the dead man’s sisters. One of them commented to Jesus, that had Jesus been there, her brother would not have died. Jesus said, “your brother shall rise again”. She said “I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day”. Jesus said to her, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: do you believe this?”
The events that took place in the exodus, those many years ago, were a shadow of things to come. In fact, the entire exodus itself, was a figure of the resurrection. During the exodus, Moses was commanded to build a tabernacle. The first furnishing was the ark of the covenant. The Lord told Moses, “You will put in the ark, the testimonies I GIVE YOU”. During the journey, one of these three items would be the rod of Aaron. During the exodus, certain individuals were angry that Moses and Aaron were the chosen instruments of leadership. They wanted equal status. The Lord commanded that every one of the rebels, the leaders of their houses, take his rod, write his name on it, and lay it up before the ark. And likewise, take the rod of Aaron and do the same. The next day, the rod of Aaron, a dead stick, was alive and bore a crop of almonds. It was rootless. It had no ties with the earth. All of it’s vital supply was within itself. AND it had not been raised alone. It entered into the holiest place, a living branch, adorned with living fruit. In each almond it bore, was written the entire genetic code of the resurrected branch. That code was the code of resurrection, manifest in the living branch. Now, each almond has the POWER TO BECOME written into it. And each almond is now in the holiest place, together with the branch that bore it. Now, each almond can grow, in all things, into the branch that bore it. This is not a process for the generation of resurrection to find it’s way from the world to the holiest place. It’s entire journey, from conception, to birth, to a complete individual, begins and ends in the holiest place. The only part of the journey that involved beginning in the world, and passing through the veil, and into the holiest place, was accomplished by the resurrected rod. Therefore, the ONLY way into the holiest, is to be both crucified with Christ, and raised together with Him. The journey is accomplished entirely in faith.
“…I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: do you believe this?”
The kingdom of God is not accessed by death. It is only entered by birth. “Together with my dead body shall they arise”. (Isaiah 26). This great work is finished. Jesus accomplished this for YOU. And by faith, you may know, that your journey, your almond on that tree of life, is in the holiest place, in Christ NOW. As it says, if any man (man or woman, there is no difference) be in Christ, he is a new creation. It is strongly suggested that you consider that you are abiding in a finished work, and have not been delivered into a process by which you are supposed to scratch and claw your way in search of life and Christ. If weary with laborious religious dead end formulas and methods, lay them down. Go to Him. He will give you rest. His rest. Accept that he has done these things for you, and rest in them. And now be free to grow in him and into him in all things. He is the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world. That is to say, he bore it for all. All will not receive it, but he did it nevertheless. All debt has been paid. All of it. But not all will believe that and accept the gift. Very sad. Nevertheless, in the course of time, every eye shall see, every knee shall bow, and every tongue will wag in confession, that He is both Lord and Christ. This is our message to the world. Believe in Him and be saved.
[Col 1:26-28 KJV] 26
“…the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus…”
Faith can be compared to pollen. Two flowers bud, bloom, wither, die, and fade away. One was pollinated , one was not. Contrary to outward appearances, one has a future, one does not. Let faith have her perfect work. It is God that works in you, to both will, and perform his good pleasure.