I feel I have totally derailed this topic. I will go ahead with a comment, but I understand if it needs to be moved.
Isa 46:10 - who announces the end from the beginning
and reveals beforehand what has not yet occurred,
who says, ‘My plan will be realized
I will accomplish what I desire,'
Starting with the ancient Temple priesthood, God’s further plan for His Temple carries down to our day – in a spiritual sense. We know the High Priest is Christ.
“ So if perfection had in fact been possible through the Levitical priesthood—for on that basis the people received the law—what further need would there have been for another priest to arise
, said to be in the order of Melchizedek and not in Aaron’s order? For when the priesthood changes, a change in the law must come as well. Heb 7:11,12
Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We have such a high priest
, one who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the sanctuary and the true tabernacle that the Lord, not man, set up
. Heb 8:1,2
The place where they serve is a sketch and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary
, just as Moses was warned by God as he was about to complete the tabernacle. For he says, “See that you make everything according to the design shown to you on the mountain.”
But now Jesus has obtained a superior ministry, since the covenant that he mediates is also better and is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, no one would have looked for a second one. But showing its fault, God says to them, “Look, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will complete a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. “It will not be like the covenant that I made with their fathers, on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not continue in my covenant and I had no regard for them, says the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will establish with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and I will inscribe them on their hearts
. And I will be their God and they will be my people. Heb 8:5-10
But now Christ has come as the high priest of the good things to come. He passed through the greater and more perfect tent
not made with hands, that is, not of this creation” Heb 9:11
Do we understand what the true tabernacle comprises? What changed it? It appears the priesthood changed as well as the law changed, yet it is still the Temple arrangement set in place from the beginning
, right down to the selected priests who work as Christ’s helpers under the New Covenant. Num.18:7; 2Cor.5:20; 1Cor.3:9
The design, the pattern, was set from the beginning by God. Ex 25:1,9,22,40. In the physical Temple, priests were consecrated to serve within – the Temple became a holy arrangement only accessible by those who were consecrated. If that was the design Moses saw “on the mountain”, then that is the heavenly design that determines today’s Temple arrangement Ex 29:44; 25:25, 30-33; Num 3:10; 18:7
1 Pet 2:5 - you yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer spiritual sacrifices
that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Since this priesthood offers their spiritual sacrifices for the rest of mankind, they are considered the firstfruits.
Do we change this shadow arrangement, or do we accept it? Aaron and his sons were “anointed” to serve as priests. Chosen ones, anointed ones, have lived through the centuries since Christ; chosen to be faithful priests under the New Covenant. Under the ancient Temple arrangement, if those not chosen as priests were replaced by others; needless to say, God became pretty angry. Ezek 44:6-9; 2 Chron 13:9
Yes, there are many scriptures concerning the firstfruits, including Revelation. Rev 14:1-5; Rev 20:6 There is also condemnation toward those selected “priests” or "firstfruits" who fail serving in complete devotion. Matt 18:7,6; 1 Tim 4:1; Matt 5:19; Matt 24:45-51
Those who listen to correct teachings from these “priests” and support these ones are the rest of mankind, or as you say, secondary fruits. Mal 2:7; Matt 25:45 So, getting down to brass tacks, there are the chosen ones to serve in the Temple, or New Covenant, and also who are the Bride of Christ; they are used
to bring life to the entire rest of God’s children, those who accept Christ and this Temple arrangement. 1 Thess 2:8; 2 Cor 12:15 This spiritual Temple under Christ, the High Priest, returns life to the earth that was lost by Adam. Rev.21:2,3,4,5; 22:2,17 We can only leave it in God’s hands how each one of us is judged.
Getting back to the Lord’s Evening Meal, I believe that those who shared in that meal with Christ are the particular chosen ones to be within this Temple arrangement. Rom 6:5; Matt 24:9. This is where Christ started with the building of his Temple. Eph 2:20; 1 Sam 2:8 That is only my opinion from reading the scriptures. It is interesting to note that in the time of the end, Revelation speaks of a “great multitude which no one could number” Rev 7:9 In verse 15 it says, they serve him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them
. Who, other than the priests have that role in the temple arrangement set by the Father from the beginning?
This puts a new slant on the meaning of the Great Crowd. It is not only showing a possible influx of those coming out of the organization, waking up to the realization of where they belong with Christ, it also disposes of the WT teaching of the Great Crowd as not part of the 144,000. As far as that second thought, this seriously supports the "trampling of the temple", the "Gentile" rule of the organization over chosen ones and their expulsion when declaring a witness about the Christ. 2 Thess 2:3,4; Dan 7:25; Matt 24:15; 1 Kings 12:31
I won’t go any further. I have derailed beyond my accepted derailment, if indeed it was accepted.
love in Christ,
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