The LORD always has unique ways of teaching us HIS truths.
Some time ago He drew my attention to the topic of the rapture.
Well, I had read quite a few books about this topic before and all the
different aspects were familiar to me. As I said the Holy Spirit has often
a unique way of teaching – and this was just one of those special lessons for me.
It started with me asking HIM how HE is looking on all of this and immediately He started
teaching me. HE is the best teacher available, but when HE started
the lesson I was quite confused at the start, because HE began by explaining to me HIS
“Three in Oneness” (the trinity - so hard to catch for us, but a fact we have to take
I was amazed because I had never imagined any connection with the rapture and
the “Trinity” before – totally absent from my mind, but you will see that the
principle of “Three-in-Oneness” holds the key for important understanding.
HE is one God – and although He is one, He is three, too. I can’t
explain how that works, but I know it is that way by faith. (Hebrews
11:1) logical reasoning won’t bring us any further, because God just
pointed out one single way to grab spiritual truth – faith.
I will repeat now just the way HE taught me.
The first thing is the trinity of God. Although being one God He has "three
parts" or “three persons”:
The “Tri-Unity” of God
God the Father - is above everything He is the highest in
ranking. HE is the omnipotent, everlasting creator and ruler of the
God the Son
- is sent by God the father. HE received from the
father. Only a higher authority can give to a lower.
Luke 10:22 / John 5:36-37 / John 14:28
God the Spirit
- is under command of the father and the son.
HE is the lowest in ranking of authority.
Although being three persons they're one God.
Well, I had no difficulties with this lesson. This was all well known to
me, but without hesitation God continued just opening the next
The “Tri-Unity” of Man
The second example for the principle of “Tri-Unity” is man. We're
made after God's image and because HE has a “Tri-Unity” we're
three in one, too:
We will find the same difference in ranking when we look at man as
God originally designed him.
Man's decision to obey Satan instead of God caused the death of the
spirit. To be dead in the eyes of God means that the order in
ranking doesn't exist anymore. I will now describe the order of
ranking as God intended in the beginning.
The spirit of man
- was designed to rule over soul and
flesh(our physical body).
The Spirit is the only part of us that can have a connection with
To use a picture:
The Spirit is like our eyes. Without our eyes we're still alive,
but we're blind! We can feel, hear and smell but we have no chance
to see the light.
Although sensing, our picture of the surrounding reality is wrong - we
need to see to know the true reality!
When man bowed to Satan's promise his Spirit died. In God's eyes
every man is dead now. God can't reach us anymore - like we can't
communicate with the physically dead.
The soul of man
- was designed to submit under the spirit.
But now, spiritually dead, the soul took over the spirit's part. Man
was now directed by his feelings, his mental abilities.
The body of man
- is the lowest in ranking. If we would
separate the body from the rest of us there would be now difference
to animals - just wild, brutal fighting for survival - archaic,
animal like existence.
The disorder in man, caused by the death of the spirit, is so big,
that often man can't submit the body to his soul. In that case
man became more brutal than animals. No creature ever committed such
incredible cruelty against nature and its own kind - but man!
When the LORD finished this lesson I told him, that this was nothing
new to me. He didn’t pay any attention and continued to the third
chapter. And here I finally started to see it; I started to understand purpose and
direction of this lesson.
The "Tri-Unity" of Israel
The 11 tribes of Jacob
– the biggest part, are the ordinary
people. They are on the lowest stage in spiritual ranking. They
received the land, and had been in direct contact with the daily
affaires of human life.
The tribe of Levi
- they did not possess any land as their
brothers did. They received 48 cities with the surrounding pastures.
They received the tithe and a part of the offering. Their job was to
serve in the sanctuary and teach God's law to the people. Their
spiritual ranking was, although smaller by number, higher than the
Numbers 35 / Joshua 21
(descendants of Aaron, Aaronites) - the smallest
group. They didn't even have cities. Their inheritance, like all the
tribe of Levi, was the Lord. They received the first-fruit and the
offering. Their designation was written on a golden plate on their
forehead: Holy to the Lord!
They were the smallest group in Israel but they had the order to be
the connection between God and the rest of the people. They had the
vocation of ruling God's people in righteousness and truth.
Deuteronomy 18:2 / Exodus 28:36
Let’s visualize this principle of “Tri-Unity”:
the 11 tribes
(chosen out of the nations
to live holy unto the Lord)
(chosen out of Israel to
serve the Lord)
(chosen out of Levi)
But with this lesson God wasn't finished with me. There is one more lesson –
crucial for any further understanding.
The "Tri-Unity" of The Temple
The plan of the temple David received from God shows, how could it
be different, a “triune” structure, too
The courts - were the biggest part of the temple. A place
every member of Israel was allowed to enter.
The courts of the temple were the place that Jesus
cleansed in His holy anger.
Matthew 21: 12-13
- was a place only priests and Levites were
allowed to enter. To make this clear: You have to be born
as a Levite
to have the right to enter here! (This is important we’ll need this truth
The ranking in holiness was higher than that of the courts.
The Holy of Holies
- was a place where the Ark of the Covenant was
placed. A place where God himself was present. It was separated
from the sanctuary by a long veil.
Only once a year, at the Day of Atonement, the High Priest was
allowed to enter that place.
Hebrews 9: 1-7
Let's visualize that principle of “tri
(a place every member of
God’s people could enter)
(a place for Levites
|the Holy of Holies
(a place of God’s
When God finished this lesson I was able to realize a divine
Every expression of God’s divine character here on earth shows
the characteristic structure of HIMSELF – a unity in three
created after God’s own
HIS very possession among all the nations
HIS house, the place of HIS presence
(There are more “Tri-Unities” to find in God’s
word, but God just used these. Even the heavens have a “Tri-Unity”.
Read 2. Corinthians 12:2)
The old temple isn’t standing anymore. Jesus promised to tear down
the old temple and build up a new one - HIS body, the church.
A temple not built of stone but of living men. And now comes the
“key-scripture” for further understanding. We are told in Hebrews
that the old temple is an image of the new one.
Hebrews 9+10 / 2. Corinthians 6:16-18
Does the today temple, the church, have this same structure as the
old one had?
We have learned that every thing representing God on this earth
is made in a way of a “Tri-Unity”. So today, the body of Christ,
that new temple of God, shows the same characteristics as the old one did!
How can we describe those three parts in God’s temple (church)
today? There must be differences in the inner life of a believer
representing those different stages of holiness.
- they have entered through the gate Jesus
– Jesus is the gate we have to go through in order to become a part
of the new temple. Through Jesus' death they have free
access and are members of God’s people now. Although being God's
property, they are only allowed to enter the courts, because to
enter the sanctuary the "right of entering" (Salvation) isn't
sufficient - here you need a "birthright" (Rebirth). At the courts there's a
lot of trading and mingling with the world they should have left
behind. They are saved, but haven’t become a new creation yet.
- they aren't satisfied with just being
saved. They hunger and thirst for more. They regard their wickedness
and long to have divine order in their lives. They hunger and thirst
for a life after God's original design.
Nothing can satisfy that hunger - until they get it!
Let’s remember the statement about the service in the sanctuary: No
one can enter here, unless he is a Levite.
This is the same with the new temple, there is no easy entry for
anyone, unless you are permitted by birthright.
Does this somehow sound familiar to you? Do you have an “Ahh”-
experience as I had when God got me to this point?
There we see Nicodemus coming to Jesus by night asking for the way
to enter into the kingdom of God (The new Temple)
But we have learned that no one can enter the sanctuary - unless he
is born a Levite.
Jesus was replying that he is a scholar in Israel and he should actually know
it. (Well, I have to confess I didn’t know the answer to this
particular question until the day God started to teach me this lesson. But now,
by God’s grace, we can answer.)
You can’t just enter in, you have to be born, to receive admittance rights
– you have to be born again! You have to become a total new creation
– a Levite of the New Covenant!
When Nicodemus asked how that can happen, Jesus was pointing towards
the wind – the Ruach Ha Kodesh – the Holy Wind – the Holy Spirit.
Well, I know this is a little bit disappointing. I know we love to
know an answer showing us, what we can do!
We made a decision
for Christ and decided to be baptized – and now this dependency on a
“wind” I do not have under control. A wind that is coming from
somewhere going to somewhere – playing with me like a leave in the
wind! We don’t like this wobbliness - we want answers. But this is
God’s action, we have to accept HIS way, to accept the insecurity of
a leave blown by the wind!
But there are unmistakable signs for the activity of God’s wind:
Hunger, Hunger for more of God!
God will give the will first and the work at HIS timing. (Philipians
God will create a total new creation – a creation with a living
spirit again, able to hear HIS voice and to fulfil HIS will.
As God has chosen Levi for the old service, we have to accept HIS
choice for the “New Service”. HE makes the choice – every move
outside HIS will is presumption (remember Korach, Nadab and Abihu). Although we think
we’re serving God, we are setting ourselves against HIS divine order – and this will
be followed by God’s judgement.
As God chose Levi in the "Old service", HE will choose His
vessels for the new one.
- these are the very
of Christ that are not satisfied with the new creation alone.
By Jesus' death on the cross the veil is torn. If someone is born
again nothing can hinder him; he has free access to the face of God.
But only a very few choose this path of facing a consuming fire. These
few long to be "transformed" into His image.
2. Corinthians 3:18
So they turn their faces towards the Holy of Holies. As they get closer, the radiance of God’s holiness starts to penetrate their lives,
cutting away every useless branch, dividing spirit and soul.
The consuming fire of God strips them completely. The heat will go
over the human abilities and they will start to live not by normal
human functioning anymore. When their own resources will break away,
they will experience what is meant by:...to live by the spirit.
These are men and women consumed by God! What will be the result of
They will reach a position of rest and peace. (Hebrews 4, 9-12)
We can describe this “Tri-Unity” in that way:
just a few
This temple is constructed in the same way as the old one – with
only one difference, its stones are living people.
It is one temple, it is one people, one church - but there are three
levels of ranking.
Just a few thoughts to the courts:
In Revelation it is said that the courts will be given to the nations,
and they will trample over it 42 months.
This will be the same cleansing process like Jesus did at His time.
Instead of a whip HE will use the nations (driven by satanic power)
to trample the courts.
Let's stay a little with that thought.
We are saved by the precious blood of Jesus. This blood is so
powerful that all our trespasses of the past, the present and the
future are totally covered. Nothing can be added to it.
We are saved for all eternity. But this does not mean that we
use that "birthright" in the right way. Most believers like
to be in the courts. They want eternal salvation plus the pleasures of the
In the courts you can do that. It grieves the heart of God but He
will not recall His promise.
But just as we punish our disobedient children, God will cleanse His
courts which have been turned into a robbers den.
The Old Temple was destroyed by heathen armies. Israel had
not turned from their idols. So God allowed the enemy to be
victorious. The trampling of the courts in Revelation has to be seen
as God's loving discipline.
Those that refuse "to lay down their lives" for Jesus' sake and
prefer the easy life of the court, will face the fury of a fierce
Paul is saying the same thing: ... the believer will suffer loss. But for eternity
he will be saved.
1. Corinthians 3:10-16
This time is very close!
When God got me to this point, he started to reveal the meaning of
Revelation chapter 12. And with all we have learned up to now, everything
is clear. This scripture contains everything we need for
understanding. Here we find the “Tri-Unity” again, we are able to
discern three characters:
The woman - The male child - The rest of her offspring
The only disturbing thing was the question: Is this vision about the
church or about Israel?
God solved that quickly!
The Revelation is about the present
John's time. He received that vision on Patmos about 70 years after
Before that time Jesus had already lived about 33 years on earth,
had died, risen and ascended to heaven. Now glorified, He is speaking from
heaven to John.
So it's an obvious contradiction to think that the male child is He, Jesus,
because Revelation is about John's present and the church's future.
Beside this simple logic, Jesus didn't ascent directly after His birth.
It's clear that the vision of the woman giving birth to a male child,
and her offspring keeping the testimony of Jesus must illustrate
Let's start with:
In the Old Testament God often used the picture of the woman to
describe Israel - God's people.
This woman stands for God's people of the new covenant - His church.
A people separated from the world, living "Holy unto the Lord".
The woman is dressed with the sun. This symbolizes that she is
dressed with Jesus.
Galatians 3:27 / Romans 13:14 / Matthews 13:43
The moon under her feet is a symbol for authority over Satan. To put
a foot on someone’s head was a common ritual in former ages;
of total surrender.
The crown of twelve stars is a symbol for the twelve apostles of
Christ. Again we find an obvious parallel between Israel and the
The people of Israel came forth from the 12 sons of Jacob. The
church came forth from the 12 disciples of Jesus. They are the
foundation of billions of believers.
They will shine like the stars forever (see Daniel 12:3).
This woman is the bride of Christ that will be prepared in the
esert. There she will be protected from the enemy. She will have
her saviour only. And this total dependence on Him will purify her.
These 42 months of d
esert will turn her into Christ’s beautiful
evil will try to kill her but God will protect and provide for her.
Before her time in the desert, however, she will give birth to a male child.
It is very important that this child is male. This symbolizes that
this child is not the bride.
The Male Child:
In biblical symbolism the gender “male” only refers to God and
Christ - and the 144.000 sealed in Revelation. So, what does the "male
child" stand for?
This is a symbol for the transformed ones. They have been
transformed into God's image
and this transformation has changed their “female” human attribute into
God's “male” attribute.
These people have lost their identity in God!
They will face a total stripping away of every
natural way of
existing. These people have lost the basic foundation which all of humanity draws from.
Because of this transformation in their life no man can understand them
any longer. They are isolated in a way I can't describe.
Perhaps this will help! The scripture tells us that no human being
can see God and live. They have turned their eyes towards
God. And this facing God transforms them into the image of God.
This process is unutterably painful, like the pain of labour. But the woman
will give birth to her first fruit. When the last of the
transformed ones is perfected, the rapture will take place!
The Church of Christ will bring forth a fruit, a people
transformed into God's image; the first fruit of the nations. A
first fruit breaks the womb first, and is regarded as the
very possession of the Lord in the Old Testament.
They will be spotless in God’s eyes. On their foreheads they will
wear the names of the Father and the Son engraved in their flesh.
As the priests of the old covenant wore the golden plate, "Holy
unto the Lord", they will wear the name of the Lord.
Isn’t that fascinating! How every little detail is perfectly in place!
Look at the perfect teaching of the Holy Spirit. It’s easy and not
mystical – plain, simple truth, connected to our understanding about
the divine principle of “Tri-Unity”.
These 144.000 are the royal priesthood of the New Covenant – the
first fruit of the nations.
We will find the number 144.000 twice in Revelation. The first is the
first fruit of Israel (12 x 12.000. 12.000 from each tribe. (Revelation
In Revelation 14 they are the 144.000, the first fruit (firstborn
child) of the nations. They are the Priesthood of the New covenant,
and the whole creation awaits the revelation of these Sons of God!
When the transformation process is finished (the painful labour is
over) they will be caught up into heaven. In Revelation this happens
during the seventh trumpet (the last of a total of seven), and Paul
confirms this in 1. Corinthians 15:51-52 as the last trumpet.
The Rest of Her Offspring:
The ”rest of her offspring that keep the commandments of God and
keep the testimonies of Jesus” are the “court-Believers”. In
Revelation chapter 11 we read that the heathen will trample the
courts for 42 months. Here we hear that Satan will fight against
Woman – Born-Again – Sanctuary
They will not be caught away. They have a
place in the “desert” protected by
God and nourished by Him. There in the “desert” they will be
purified and formed into Christ’s perfect bride.
Male child – Transformed – Holy of Holies
As soon as the last one is perfected the
rapture will take place. A sign for
the “woman” to get ready for the desert.
The rest of her offspring – saved – court
They will face the fierce hatred of Satan. The
very most of them will be killed
or die by starvation if they refuse to take the mark of the
If they decide rather to die rather than taking the mark, they will
reign with Christ.
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