Who Will Be Left Behind?

We recall that after the Israelites had been freed from slavery in Egypt, they were led into the wilderness, and were required to move often. They were following the Cloud by day, and the Fire by night — the Shekinah Glory of Yahuweh. As soon as they would arrive at a new location, they would set up camp, and remain there.

As long as the Cloud remained, the people would remain. But when the Cloud began to move to a new location, the people were required to move also. They were required to break camp, pack up, and move on — or face being left behind. Why is this important? It is because the Israelites in the wilderness are our example today.

The Congregation in the wilderness is prophetic of the Congregation of Believers today. When the Holy Spirit begins to move in a new direction, we too must prepare to move — or we too will be left behind.

In past generations, there have been many who have resisted the moving of the Holy Spirit. In the middle ages, for example, there was a fresh wind of the Spirit to restore the truth of Justification by Faith. This moving of the Holy Spirit resulted in a large community of evangelical Believers, but this move was resisted among certain religious groups. Many were camped out, and were quite comfortable where they were in their religion — they had no desire to move on. When the Shekinah Glory moved in this new Truth, these decided to remain where they were. They were left behind.

In the early 20th Century, there was a great move of the Holy spirit to restore the giftings and ministries of the Spirit, including supernatural healings and other manifestations of the Holy Spirit. This move of the Holy Spirit also was greatly resisted, this time by the evangelical community created in the earlier move.

This ‘new thing’ did not fit with what many had been taught, and what they understood; they concluded it must be error. They did not realise that perhaps their experience was too narrow to understand what the Holy Spirit was doing, and how the Holy Spirit was preparing His people, and equipping them.

The Holy Spirit was simply calling the evangelical community to receive the Holy Spirit, and then calling them to return to Scripture, to test the Scriptural validity of this experience, and to test what they saw happening all around them. Some did search the Scriptures, and found the Truth, and moved when the Holy Spirit moved. These became the “Spirit-filled” Believers.

Many evangelicals did NOT move on, however, but remained comfortable where they were. They decided to stay, camped out in their comfort-zone. These too were left behind.

Today there is a great move of the Holy Spirit happening worldwide. This move is the last great move of the Spirit, the move that will take Yahuweh’s people from the last encampment in the wilderness, to the entering in of the Promised Land. This move too is being resisted by many, this time by both evangelical and “Spirit-filled” Believers.

This present move of the Holy Spirit is the awakening of His people to Righteousness of 1Cor 15:34; it is the receiving of the fullness of His Grace, to produce more Grace, of Zec 4:7 and John 1:16; It is also the “learning of Righteousness” of Isaiah 26:10, and it is the acquiring of the right to the Tree of Life, while preparing to enter, of Rev 22:14.

The Cloud is again moving His people into territory unfamiliar to them, whereby they begin to allow the fullness of Messiah-in-them, by allowing Him-in-us to keep His Father’s Commandments and Precepts in our bodies today — just as He did 2,000 years ago when He was in His own body.

Small groups of Believers are springing up everywhere, as they begin to sense the need to walk, by His Grace, in obedience to the Commandments Yahushua gave to Moses. They are beginning to realise who Yahushua really is. They are keeping His Sabbaths, Commandments and Precepts, just as Yahushua did, and in doing so are preparing themselves for the final sealing of Yahuweh’s Set-apart people.

They are going to the Scriptures, and are receiving fresh understanding of the New and Everlasting Covenant, as the Holy Spirit leads and guides His people into all Truth. They are also being warned to test everything against the Scriptures, because of the flood of deception, error, and wickedness.

There are multitudes of Believers, however, who are NOT going back to Scripture, to test the validity of what they are seeing and hearing; some are relying on their leaders to lead them and guide them into all Truth, a task strictly reserved for the Holy Spirit. Others are trying to understand, trying to ‘figure it out’ before they obey; Scripture tells us, however, that greater understanding comes after obedience.

Thus many will NOT be in agreement with what they hear or see in this great move of the Holy Spirit. What they are hearing is different from what they already understand, and different from their custom and tradition, so they conclude it must be error and deception. That is human nature. Only by seeking Yahuweh — by seeking His Word [the person of Messiah] in the Scriptures — can we determine Truth from error. We are all called back to the Scriptures, as the Bereans who were more noble, to see whether these things are so.

As a result of this last move of the Holy Spirit, there will be again many who want to remain, camped out where they are spiritually, in the wilderness. They do not realise this last move is the ONE move that will bring them in. They are comfortable in the wilderness — why go to all this effort to move? They do not realise they will be left in the wilderness. They too will be “left behind” — in more ways than one.

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9 comments on “Who Will Be Left Behind?
  1. wellwateredgarden says:

    And here I thought that Jesus had fulfilled all the requirements of the law and we are to live by the Spirit, as we get direction and guidance personally.

    • notesfromthewilderness says:

      Thank you wellwateredgarden, for stopping by.

      I appreciate your good comments. First, you are absolutely correct in both of your statements. Our confusion arises when we begin to realise we have seen only one side of the 2-sided coin of Biblical Grace.

      Again, there is no compulsion of any kind within His Covenant. The Bridegroom is simply seeking for those who have already been living by His Spirit, and getting direction and guidance from His Word, but who are willing to lay down their own life, in order that He might provide His Resurrection Life in exchange. He is seeking those who thirst for walking in His fulness by His Grace alone, that He might transform us into His image.

      It is not our works that are important. Only what He does in us is important, as we ‘co-operate’ (according to Scripture and the Holy Spirit) to make ourselves ready (Rev 19:7).

      To get a good overview of that last bit of preparation the Bridegroom is seeking in the lives of those whom He has redeemed, I suggest you read The Wedding of the King’s Son: A Parable.

      In His Love,

      Brother Bill

  2. wellwateredgarden says:

    I read The Wedding of the King’s Son: A Parable.

    It seems the whole thing is rather works conscious and exclusive – only one virgin knew what was required? Is the ‘King’ really an exclusionist?

    According to Joel 2 and Acts 2, “All who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”

    Question – Is the ‘bride’ of Christ the church, or the city of Jerusalem?

    • notesfromthewilderness says:

      Thank you wellwateredgarden, for your comments and questions. I may not have the answers, but will try to point to the Scriptures that do.

      You said, “I read The Wedding of the King’s Son: A Parable. It seems the whole thing is rather works conscious….”

      Let’s see what the Disciples have preached, warned, and advised us from the very start:

      “Repent ye (change your walk, and your works) therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out….” (Acts 3:19a)
      “…and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.” (Acts 26:20)b
      “…I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.” (2 Corinthians 12:21)

      Many today preach ‘another gospel’ — a gospel that is not according to Scripture, for it is void of Yahuweh’s command that men should repent from sin. Thus we see at the evaluation of the last-days Congregations, Yahushua tells us this:

      “…I know thy works….” (Revelation 2:2)
      “…I know thy works….” (Revelation 2:9)
      “…I know thy works….” (Revelation 2:13)
      “…I know thy works….” (Revelation 2:19)
      “…I know thy works….” (Revelation 3:1)
      “…I know thy works….” (Revelation 3:8)
      “…I know thy works….” (Revelation 3:15)

      Thus far, it appears that Yahushua is evaluating the end-time Congregations based on their works. Let’s look at a few more:

      Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (Revelation 2:5)
      Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. (Revelation 2:22)
      “I will give unto every one of you according to your works….” (Revelation 2:23)

      Yahushua also shows us who will receive further judgment:

      And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: (Revelation 9:20)
      And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. (Revelation 16:11)

      It is clear from Scripture that the Yahushua is works-oriented, and that our sins must be repented of — and that our works show whether or not we have repented. We are able to repent, and change our works, only by Yahushua’s enabling Grace.

      You said, “only one virgin knew what was required?”

      Let’s see what the Scriptures say of the Bride:

      My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her. (Song of Songs 6:9)

      The one Bride is the ‘one new man’ of Eph 2:15, and is pictured also as the company of five wise virgins of Matt 25.

      You asked, “Is the ‘King’ really an exclusionist?”

      Let’s look at the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins and its companion verses, and see what the Bridegroom-King has to say about this question:

      Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. (Matthew 25:11-12)
      Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (“your works transgress the Law”). (Matthew 7:22-23)
      Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. (1Jo 3:4)
      And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? (Luke 6:46)

      These verses tell us the King will exclude those who continue to transgress the Law, which is the very definition of Sin.

      The wise and foolish virgins are all those who are Born-Again. The wise virgins are those who have been attentive to insure their works are NOT works of iniquity, or transgressing the Law.

      The foolish virgins were not so. Perhaps they had been taught by their Religion that works were not an important part of the King’s plan of Redemption.

      You said, “According to Joel 2 and Acts 2, ‘All who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.'”

      Yes, those verses are certainly links in the chain. but so are the following verses a prerequisite:

      The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. (Psalms 145:18)
      He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. (Proverbs 28:9)

      If we call upon Him, but not in Truth, not from a willingness to repent, and begin to keep His Law, we may fool ourselves into thinking we are forgiven, and saved, but His word is very clear.

      You asked, “Is the bride of Christ the church, or the city of Jerusalem?”

      Scripture does not mention either of those as being the Bride. The Scriptures tell us:

      And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21:2)

      The City of Jerusalem is not the Bride, but is prepared as a Bride….

      For those whose truly desire Yahuweh, I would suggest crying out in Prayer, and asking Yahuweh to do what King David and Jeremiah did, seen in (Psalms 119:18, Jer 33:3):

      Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. (Psalms 119:18)
      Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. (Jeremiah 33:3)

      Perhaps also you may have never heard a Biblical teaching of Yahuweh’s plan of Redemption and Salvation. I suggest you read The Doctrine of Balaam: A Warning to the Bride, and also Salvation: According to the Scriptures.

      In His Love,

      Brother Bill

  3. wellwateredgarden says:

    Hey, thank you for those good teachings.

    I’m a little concerned about your mixing the teaching of the OT with the NT, law keeping as opposed to living by the Spirit who gives personal enlightenment.

    Take a look at Psalm 91 for a great example of how a personal relationship with God will benefit the believer, not unlike a natural son might be blessed by a natural father.

    I believe that faith has always been a more beneficial attribute than good works. Good works will follow faith, rather than the other way around. Abraham/Noah and others had faith in God and His promises and it was attributed to them as righteousness with God.

    Regarding the Revelation ‘works’ passages you quote … Jesus discusses/recognizes their works/acts, but then follows with a ‘but’ or ‘yet’ and points to something else He would rather see.

    I don’t think you and I are that far apart (although you may not agree). I definitely believe that after Jesus’ life, death and resurrection faith takes on a more prominent role than living by the law, which was only a ‘stop gap’ operation to keep the Jewish nation in line long enough to have the promised Savior born into it.

    You are obviously much more of a scholar with all this than I am and I appreciate your teachings.

    • notesfromthewilderness says:

      Thank you wellwateredgarden, for your response and your kind words.

      None of us have all the pieces of the puzzle, and we must all share what we have, to bring the picture of His fullness into view. Thank you for your insight.

      I should have clarified one thing in the previous comment, regarding the issue of how “works” fit in to the New Covenant.

      It is well and good to recognise that our works (those that originate from us) have no part whatsoever in our redemption, which is just like the redemption of the Israelites in Egypt — it is only by the Blood of the Lamb. Both Isaiah and Paul warn us that our own works are worthless (Isaiah 64:6; Gal 2:16; Titus 3:5; 2Tim 1:9).

      What Religion seeks to do, however, is to demonise even the works Yahushua promises to do within His people, by His Grace:

      Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:11)
      To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Luke 1:79)
      LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us. (Isaiah 26:12)

      Religion teaches us to combine Messiah’s “works in us” together with our “worthless works” as if they were one and the same, and then discard all of them as vile. Thus multitudes of Born-Again Believers are being taught today to disdain the works that Yahuweh does in and through us, works that He has ordained for us that we might be able to overcome.

      For those who desire to overcome, we must get back to realising how Abraham was declared righteous, and how the books of Romans, Galatians, Hebrews, and James all reveal different facets of the one single jewel of ‘Righteousness by Faith.’

      In His Love,

      Brother Bill

  4. wellwateredgarden says:

    Yeah … I do think we are on the same page. Thanks!

  5. Eric N says:

    “They too will be left behind – in more ways than one” Please, please tell me that you are not hinting at a pre- tribulation rapture!

    • notesfromthewilderness says:

      Thank you Eric,

      For your visit, and your question, with an implied comment.

      The phrase, “They too will be left behind – in more ways than one” was used for a reason. I try to write to those who have various levels of understanding of Scripture, in such that the wording may apply in whatever capacity of understanding they may have.

      To answer your question, the phrase “Left Behind” refers most specifically to the Bible truths that there is a separation taking place, a separation of the Wise Virgins (the Bride-Company) from the Foolish Virgins. This can be seen most vividly in Matthew 25:10-12, and to a lesser extent in many other Scriptures. Here are a few of the passages to which I was referring:

      • From Matthew 25:10-12, we see that the Wise Virgins enter in with the bridegroom; the Foolish Virgins are ‘left behind’ waiting at the door;
      • From Matthew 13:48, we see that the good fish are kept, put into vessels, but the corrupt are cast away, or ‘left behind;’
      • From John 21:11, we see that there were 153 fish caught in the fishing net. The remainder of fish that were not caught, are those fish that were ‘left behind’ — in that they were not caught in the net; The 153 fish are prophetic of those who will enter in to the City of the King;
      • From Rev 22:14-15, we see that those that do His commandments will enter in to the City of the King; the remainder are ‘dogs’ and sorcerers, whoremongers, murderers, idolaters, and liars, who must remain ‘without’ [outside] the city, and are those who will be ‘left behind.’

      Blessings to you and your Household,
      Brother Bill

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