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Since I posted the Page, ‘Elijah (Elias) / John the Baptist in 2009,  the Page continues in 2014 to receive 30-40 reads per day. I am not surprised since hearts know times are serious and know prophecies are being fulfilled.  Christians around the world are seeking to learn more about the forerunner and the signs of the Second Coming of Christ.  The prophet Elijah, as he is named in the Old Testament (Hebrew)..or Elias, as he is named in the New Testament (Greek),  is one of the most unusual prophets of God in scripture. He is unique because of the particular office he holds as forerunner of both the First and Second Coming of Christ to earth. Old Testament prophecies point to the coming of Elias to earth as forerunner of Christ.  Part of the prophecies were fulfilled as Elias preceded Christ at His First Coming as John The Baptist. The final act of Elijah (Elias) will be his return to the world

John the Baptist's office as forerunner began its 'decrease' and Chirst's redemptive mission began to 'increase.'

John the Baptist’s office as forerunner began its ‘decrease’ and Chirst’s redemptive mission began to ‘increase.’

again as the forerunner of the Second Coming of Christ. For details on why this blog is named ‘Internet Elias’ – see the page ‘About Internet Elias’ to learn of a life-changing personal encounter I had with the spirit of Elijah (Elias) in April of 2005.

Mal 3:1Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.  

Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:     6 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:                                                                                                                                                             

Prior to revisiting the natural realm in the person of John the Baptist ( forerunner of Messiah’s First Coming) , Elijah (Elias) had been translated  to Heaven in a Chariot of Fire and held in store to fulfill his office of forerunner of both Messiah’s First and Second Coming. In the person of John the Baptist for Messiah’s first coming,  Elijah surely is one of the two witnesses in Revelation chapter eleven who are seen preaching the kingdom message of Messiah to the ‘remnant’ covenant people of God who have never ‘heard’ the gospel.  The ‘remnant’ are those chosen of God who were closed to the hearing and receiving of the Gospel according to Isaiah 6: 9-13 “And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.  10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.  11  Then said I, Lord how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, 12 And the Lord have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.  13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.’ 


Old Testament prophecies point to the coming of Elias to earth as forerunner of Christ.  Part of the prophecies were fulfilled as Elias preceded Christ at His First Coming as John The Baptist .  The following verses show clearly that Elijah (Elias) and John the Baptist are the same inner spirit man:

Elijah’s  appearance and dress:  2 Ki 1:8 And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is Elijah the Tishbite.  

John’s appearance and dress: Matt 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

Isaiah’s prophecy of the forerunner/crier who prepared the way of Christ: (Isa 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.)   

John’s cry in the wilderness: Matt 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias (Isaiah), saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.  

Confirmation that John the Baptist is ‘Elias which was for to come.’ (see verse 14): Matt 11: 7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?      

8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.  

9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet  

10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee  

11Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.  

12And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.  

13For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.  

14And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.15He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  

The following scripture verses are the most potent  found  describing  Elijah (Elias) /John the Baptist as forerunner of both the First and Second Coming of Christ

Matt 17:10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?   11  Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.  12  I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.  

‘Shall first come, and restore all things” refers to the second appearance of the forerunner when Elijah (Elias) will preceed the Second Coming of Christ. Remember that he preceeded the First Coming embodied as John the Baptist.   Revelation chapter eleven  gives the account of  the second appearance of  Elijah (Elias)  which is immediately followed by the restoration of the remnant of Israel.  Thus, ‘Shall first come, and restore all things.‘  ‘Blinded’ remnant’s spiritual sight is restored in Rev. 11:13 and are ‘affrighted and gave glory to God.’ As prophesied – the remnant acknowledges Christ as Messiah.

Rev. 11:3-13  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.  7 When they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.  8  And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.  9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put into graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.  11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.  12  And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither.   13 And the same hour there was a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven .  

‘Is come already, and they knew him not’ refers to John the Baptist whom they beheaded.  Matt 11:14 “And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. 15 He that hath ears to hear, LET HIM HEAR.’

New Testament Events                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Mount of  Transfiguration: Unveiling of the Two Olive Trees/Two Candlesticks/Two Witnesses of Rev. 11:3:        Elijah (called Elias in new testament Hebrew)  appeared with Moses.  The two prophets were joined by Christ who conversed with them. Christ’s face shone as the sun. His raiment was white as the light.  Then a bright cloud overshadowed them. A voice out of the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.”  Peter, James, and John fell to the ground in fear.  Jesus touched them to renew their strength.

The Malachi scriptures below apply to both the First and Second coming of Christ. But has particular implication for the First Coming/Redemptive Act.  ‘Who may abide the day of his coming”…applies to the First Coming in that ‘there is none righteous…no not one.  All of man was concluded in sin. None could be counted righteous at His coming. But afterwards… righteousness would be restored in ‘the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world’ for sin…for each man who believes.  ‘Refiner’s fire, fuller’s soap, refiner and purifier of silver, offering in righteousness’….and so forth…refers to the Redemptive death of Christ.   The same scriptures have implication for the Second Coming since the same ‘purifying and cleansing’ process will happen for the spiritually blind and deaf remnant of Israel..(Rev.11:13…..the restoration of the remnant is the last event of the Tribulation or time of Jacob’s Trouble …IMMEDIATELY before the Return).

Mal 3:1Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.   3 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:  4 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.    

Prophecy relating to Elias as forerunner of the Second Coming

Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:     6 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:  

(2 Peter 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.)  

Elijah of the Old Testament                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ORIGIN AND APPEARANCE:   (Elijah/Hebrew alliteration/Old Testament: Elias/Greek alliteration/New Testament)    Nothing is known of his parentage.   He is one of the most unique and dramatic prophets of both the Old and New Testaments. Rugged in appearance and dress, he is a prototype of John the Baptist.   2Ki 1:8; Matt 3:

First Event: Appeared before the idolatrous king, Ahab,  announced a drought lasting throughout the days of Elijah’s prophesying 1 Ki 17:1

Second Event: In the wilderness by divine command, beside the brook Cherith, Elijah depended on unclean birds to give his food 1 Ki 17:2-6. His faith was tested by the drying up of the brook. (ch 17:7)

Third Event:  Elijah was sent by God to the famine stricken city of Zarephath  to be fed by a widow who had supplies enough for one more meal. (ch17: 8,9).    On arrival he begged for a drink of water and a piece of bread.   She told him she only had a handful of meal and a small amount of oil in a cruse, (ch 17:12).   Elijah told her to ‘fear not’ and promised her plentiful supplies through the famine, (ch 17:13,14)

Fourth Event:  In the loft of the widow’s house at Zarephath, her son was dead as a result of the famine. Through mighty prayer, Elijah brings the boy back to life  (ch 17:17-24)

Fifth Event: Idolatrous  King Ahab  summoned the false prophets to Mount Carmel by command of Elijah. (ch 18: 17-19)

Sixth Event:  (1)The prophet called the people to a decision about God, and challenged the prophets of Baal to a fiery test, (ch 18: 20-24)                  (2)  The false prophets fail the fiery test  (vs 26-29)

Seventh Event:  Drought ended after Elijah prayed for rain (ch 18:41-46)

Eighth Event: Elijah fled the wrath of Queen Jezebel. Rested under a Juniper tree..discouraged.. exhausted.. desired to die, but was fed by an angel ..then went to Mount Horeb (ch 19: 1-8)

Ninth Event:  Complained to the Lord and was given a better revelation of the divine character and methods (ch 19: 9-13)  Commanded by God and anointed two perspective kings..as well as his own successor (ch 19:15-17)

Tenth Event: On a farm at Abel-meholah…Elijah found Elisha plowing and cast his own mantle on him to show Elisha was called to be the successor of Elijah. (ch 19: 19-21)

Eleventh Event: In the vineyard of Naborth, as wicked Ahab came to claim the possessions of Naboth whom he murdered,  Elijah pronounced doom on wicked Ahab and his wife. (ch 21: 17-24)

Twelfth Event: Elijah called down fire from heaven which destroyed two companies of soldiers sent by the king of Samaria to capture Elijah.(2 Ki 1: 1-12)   Later,  Elijah pronounced the doom of the idolatrous king. vs.16

Thirteenth Event: Elijah traveled with Elisha to the Jordan River where he smote the river with his mantle…and the two passed over on dry ground.  They stood conversing and Elisha asked and received a double portion of anointing from Elijah.  Afterwards..a chariot of fire separated the two and took Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind. (2 Ki 2: 1-11)

Elijah (Elias) of the New Testament (John the Baptist)  

(Both the preaching of Elias as John the Baptist and the preaching of the two witnesses (one of which is Elias) fulfill Matthew 24:14  “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all the nations; AND THEN SHALL THE END COME.”   The spiritually deaf and blind remnant of Israel have never heard the gospel until they are ‘restored’ by the prophesying (preaching) of the ‘two witnesses'(one of whom is Elias).  These were blinded from the time of Isaiah and were kept from the Gospel until the time of their restoration.  Isaiah 6: 9-13.

Matt 3: 1 “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness  of Judea, 2 And saying, Repent ye : for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  3 For this is he that was spoken by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.  4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.  5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan.  6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.”

Mal 3:1Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.  

Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:     6 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:  

Elijah (Esias) in the person of John the Baptist was the forerunner  Messiah at Christ’s First Coming.  Elijah (Esias) was translated  to Heaven in a Chariot of Fire and held in store to complete his forerunner office before Christ’s return in the Second Coming.  Elijah surely is one of the two witnesses in Revelation chapter eleven who are preaching the kingdom message of Messiah to the covenant people of God who have never ‘heard’ the gospel.  The ‘remnant’ are those chosen of God who were closed to the hearing and receiving of the Gospel according to Isaiah 6: 9-13 “And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.  10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.  11  Then said I, Lord how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, 12 And the Lord have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.  13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.’ 

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I only ‘reblog’ posts (to Internet Elias) from Christians who are grounded in the Word. Lori Thomason’s Pure Devotion blog is the real deal. Read and be blessed.

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Due Season

Ecclesiastes 11:4-6 (NKJV)

He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. As you do not know what is the way of the wind or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes everything. In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good.

It’s my season. No, really I believe that it is my due season. The Word of God promises that if we sow in the morning and do not “withhold your hand” or keep your seed that you will prosper from one or both activities. Seed put in the ground is guaranteed…

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Lori Thomason discusses occupancy of the Holy Spirit.

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Welcome Mats

Ephesians 4:29-32 (NKJV)

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

 

We built our house over ten years ago. It was the first time that I had ever dealt with construction with all previous dwellings having already been lived in. When we found our home, it was nothing more than a cleared lot with a cinderblock foundation. Plumbing pipes shot up through the foundation but beyond that it was inhabitable. As we walked around the property, I prayed for God to direct us. Was this to be our new home? We didn’t even know what it would look like when it was finished…

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Eph. 6:11   Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  14 Stand therefore having your loans girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quence all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.’

Day is about to break here at my mountain home.  I’ve been awake for a few hours now.  In the stillness of predawn, I’ve been ‘listening’ to the unseen voice (‘be still and know that I am God Ps 46:10..’).  I’ve listened as He has reminded my heart of the seriousness of the times weThe Overwhelmed Heart are now experiencing…both in America and around the world.  Seemingly, in the Middle East,  we continue to see the beginnings of aligning of nations, of principalities, and of powers as revealed in Revelations chapter 13.  But ‘count it all joy’ since the last nation/principality/power left standing is the City of God as seen in Revelations chapter 21.

The great falling away is upon us. ‘As in the days of Noe’ is upon us. ‘The love of many will wax cold’  is upon us. The sins of Sodom are upon us. The ‘enduring to the end’ is upon us. We are in the midst of warfare…not against flesh and blood…but ‘against spiritual wickedness in high places.’  The blight of sensual lust, of aborted life, and of  evil greed marches proudly before  the world as a standard of Satan’s deception.  Many who say ‘Lord, Lord’…deny Him with fruits rooted in the flesh (clay) and not in the Spirit.     Division, discord, confusion and hatred stomp aggressively forward and will not retreat. Satan’s representatives are in our world, in our nation, in our state, in our city, in our town, in our church and even often in our family…..evidenced by the destructive fruits they bear.  But though the battle rages – the war is already won by the Babe born in Bethlehem. Gentleness has already won over brutality.  Servitude has won over lordship. Love has won over hate. Life has won over Death. Faith sees the True, the Honest, the Just, the Pure and the Lovely who lives in the heart and speaks peace (Phillipians 4:8) in

Ro 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together

The Gentle Shepherd is King

the midst of war.  The Prince of Peace is already crowned as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And amidst the warfare, the gentle

Shepherd continues to seek the lamb who has strayed away from the safety of the flock and is in danger of becoming prey for the wolves of the evening who run to and fro seeking whom they may devour.

John 10:7 Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.  9 I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mind. 15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

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The Overwhelmed Heart

Psalm 61:1-3 (NLT)
O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.

Life is overwhelming. My life is full of challenges and circumstances just like yours. I wrapped up in the chaos and clamor of this world just like the next person. With all the problems faced on a daily basis, it usually takes a catastrophic illness or personal tragedy for us to truly identify with being overwhelmed. When the unthinkable becomes a reality, we realize the insignificance of the many things once labeled as “important” before hardship comes. I do not believe that the Lord created the struggles that we face at all. I do not believe His Will ever…

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Lori Thomason shares her pain and her faith related to her collegiate son who is battling cancer.

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Psalm 130:5-6 (NLT)
I am counting on the LORD; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word. I long for the Lord more than sentries long for the dawn, yes, more than sentries long for the dawn.

What is it about tragedy that catches our attention? Why are we transfixed by drama in life? We cannot stop watching. Life is a beautiful tragedy. We are all born dying from the moment we draw our first breath while desperately trying to avoid it. The answer to death is life. Humanity has been given the opportunity to live yet many are determined to continue in the darkness that leads to death. It is enticing and seductive as the inevitable calls. What is the point of grace if we could ever truly change? Yet in that moment when the tragedy of life becomes a reality, it is…

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The doctrinal focus of the sacrificial death of our Christ is generally on His physical death by crucifixion while nailed to a raised wooden cross. But fairness demands the greater focus  be on the death He died in our stead – the Second Death (death of the soul).  The Lamb of God sweated ‘as it were drops of blood’ not because He feared crucifixion – but because He knew the depths of darkness/desolation/evil to which He would descend as atonement for.

Christendom celebrates the death and resurrection of the Lamb  ‘Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his

Ro 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together

Ro 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together

righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God. Romans 3:25.”   Oh my…where do I start to search the depths of sacrifice, of setting forth, of propitiation, of faith, of blood, of righteousness, of sins past, of forbearance of God?  I begin by searching His incredible gift of going to Death in my place.     

Amidst varied Christian doctrines and traditons…we agree that Christ suffered to redeem us from death to Life. But I contend that Christian tradition has focused  narrowly on the agony of physical death with little mention of the agony and suffering of His soul which went into Death – the eternal desolate place of  the wicked. I contend that Christian tradition has made the three-fold cord into a two-fold cord representing crucifixion and resurrection only. The three days of death are seldom considered.   What happened to Christ while He was ‘in the heart of the earth’ for three days?  (Matt 12:49).     

As a child,  I knew His sacrificial suffering was intensely more…deeper…than the insufficient words used to describe the events of crucifixion, entombment, and resurrection.   But not until recent years did I understand through divine revelation …and that in small measure…the horrors suffered by both God and Christ as they accomplished redemption for those who will receive it. Crucifixion was the least of it!! 

When the time came for the appearing of the ‘Lamb slain from the foundation of the world’, Christ would be the willing and faithful sacrificial Lamb. God would assign the vile sin of man to the pure and righteous soul of the Son. Christ would die, not as the Son of God, but as wicked man. He would make His grave with the rich and wicked ( Isa 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.’).

In  Gethsemane (Luke 22: 42-44), Christ’s spirit agonized extensively knowing the desolation, the vileness, the deadness, the evil His sacrificial fallen soul was going to experience for three days and nights in Death.  Be clear!  When I say ‘death’, I am speaking only what scripture has revealed. I am speaking of Jonah’s revelation, of Isaiah’s, and of Christ’s own Word about His sacrificial death in our stead. Death of the soul is unspeakable in its vileness. Death is the place of no Light  – a place void of even the flicker of a candle – a place of blindness where there is not even the hope of  life ever again since life requires Light. Death is a place void of  Life …Eden’s opposite. Death separates the soul from Light and Life in God.  Within its confines, death reeks of suicidal desolation and hopelessness.  Even Legion preferred dwelling within swine over being sent back to the dry place of  Death.   

 Knowing the depths of Death, Christ’s heart agonized before the Father. ‘ And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.’ Matt 26:39.  The horror of it was such that Christ sweated so extensively that what little water was left in His body became mingled with blood. Weakness from dehydration was extensive but angels came and ministered to Him…sustained Him….loved Him. Christ points us to Jonah for a better understanding of Death, Burial, and Resurrection. . 

God appointed Jonah to carry the gospel to Nineveh (wicked world). But first…God would teach Jonah about death, burial, and resurrection. He would teach Jonah of desolation, of being cast out of God’s sight, and of redemption.  Aboard the ship of idol worshippers bound for Tarshish (Jonah chapter one), Jonah willing gave himself to death so the power of God would be manifested to the lost souls on board the ship. His sacrifice calmed the storm and the heathen acknowledged the God of Jonah. Drowned in the raging water a great fish..sent from God..swallowed Jonah. Physically dead, Jonah’s soul cries out to God about the horror of death…of being cast out of God’s sight…and of faith in the giver of Life.  

Jonah 2:1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly,  2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. 3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me 4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. 5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. 6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.  7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. ‘

For Jonah, death was from drowning as he gave himself to save those on board; burial was entombment in the great fish prepared by God which carried him deepest parts of the physical earth; resurrected to the land of the living…to dry land. Now He understood desolation, bondage, and the power of God to redeem from death. . Jonah carried the God empowered message to Nineveh. They heard and repented!!   Jonah’s journey to ‘the bottom of the mountains’ was only a type of the ‘center of the earth’ journey ordained for the soul of Christ….as His body lay uncorrupted in the tomb.  

Christ spoke of Jonah, , ‘ Matt 12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”  WOW!  WOW!!  Be clear!  By Christ’s own mouth, Jonah’s death, burial, and resurrection is a type which points to the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Jonah’s sacrificial death is  a type of Christ’s death. Jonah died willingly by drowning.  Christ died willingly by crucifixion. Jonah became entombed in a great fish.  Christ became entombed in a large rock.  Jonah’s soul was cast out of God’s sight and suffered saying ‘ I am cast out of thy sight.’  Christ affirmed a deeper horror  by saying ‘My God…why hast thou forsaken me?’ God brought Jonah from the belly of hell’ to Life.  Isaiah 53:9 affirms, And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.’ ‘Crucifixion (physical death) is the least of it!   Death ( grave with the wicked and rich) is the horror of it. Resurrection (seated again at the right hand of the Father) is the finishing of it.    

I insist that Christ would not have sweated ‘as it were drops of blood’ and required sustenance from ministering angels…if He anticipated merely a physical death. What agony could there be in knowing the earthly visit was nearing completion after which He would again be glorified….returned to the Father?  And if nothing happened during the three days…if Christ lay dead within the tomb…why did Isaiah 53:9 say he  ‘made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death?’  If He did make his grave with the wicked and the rich….Luke 16: 22-24 clearly describes the grave of the rich as hell. If Christ did not suffer a horror worthy of His agony in the Garden, why did Paul refer to David’s prophecy in Acts 2:27 …’Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption?’ …corruption meaning Christ’s physical body would not decay and return to dust.  David’s words prophesied about Christ. Read  Acts 2:25-37 which refers to David’s prophecy in Psalms 16:10.  And Christ clearly told us to see the death, entombment, and resurrection of Jonah as a type of His own(Jonah 2:1). Subsequently, how can we know of the desolate, outcast, and hellish plight of Jonah and insist that Christ, the true Lamb of God, did not suffer horrors during the three days and nights in Death?       

 By the sustaining power of God, Christ endured the large iron spikes driven  between bones in his hands and feet since.  The spikes would plug the wounds and prevent blood loss and death would come slowly….usually by dehydration since the large spikes plugged the wound to prevent blood loss and to extend suffering.  To affirm the foreknowledge of God ..Christ died before the executioners came back to complete their task of breaking the bones of the condemned to carry out death.  (Joh 19:36  ‘For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken).  Too, Christ’s blood was not shed until after He ‘made his grave with the wicked and the rich’ and after He  poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors..Isa 53:12.  Christ was already physically dead and experiencing the agony of spiritual death when the executioners returned …pierced His side..and watched blood and water flow from the empty earthen vessel that had housed the Son of God.   John 19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water..  

The two large crossed beams and the method of execution (crucifixion) is generally the focus of Christ’s suffering.  But only by divine revelation can one know and acknowledged the depths and agony of His sacrifice…know the price of  giving His pure and perfect soul to the vileness of death… in our stead. We have not heard His loud and agonizing cry ‘ Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?  that is to say, My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?”

 Knowing I am bought with the price of Christ’s soul…woe is promised me if I ‘neglect so great a salvation.

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