"A Sweeping Victory And Triumph"
Our Goal Of Reaching And Triumphing The Greatest Victory Of All Ages
The Prophet Joel Has Already Declared It And The Scriptures Cannot Lie
Joel 2:4-31 describes this mighty people using motorcycles as iron horses and points out this great event just prior to the second coming of Christ in these last days. The mightiest revival of all ages is now in the development in The Church of God. To prove this Scripture of Joel, let us take the interpretation of it given by the Apostle Peter in the second chapter of Acts, verses sixteen through twenty-one: "But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel: And it shall come to pass in the last days saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath: blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
This is to be accomplished as we fitly frame the building together as it is described by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:19-21. This great framework reached forward to its measure of seed -- 144,000 as one of the measures pointed out by the Prophet Elijah when he used two measures of seed around the altar that he rebuilt. One of these measures is the Early Church with the Jews and the other measure with the last days' church with the Gentiles.
It is to be kept in mind that 144,000 is not the number of members of the church, but will be the number of its members at the climax when it is to reach 144,000. This measure will be when kings shall rise up and praise her. The daughter shall look on her and praise her when the world and the kingdom both will acknowledge that we are The Church of God which is to be the Bride, the Lamb's Wife. All this will be revealed in the sweeping victory of the last days' church in the fulfillment of Isaiah when he spoke of Kedar and Nebajoth to be the two tribes of the Gentiles in the last days to come up with acceptance on the altar and that in the Gentiles he will glorify the glory of his house.
The Church of God is the second fold to get the 144,000 Christians into the Church for the Bride. Then it is to reach the millions with the gospel to all nations and a multitude be saved to be brought into the kingdom of God and to be guests at the marriage of the Lamb. Notice John's quotation in the 22nd chapter of Revelation, the Spirit and the Bride says come and take of the water of the life freely, showing you that the Church holds the greatest soul saving revival yet to come, the greatest of all. We are still looking for the 144,000 good, honest, Christians, who will obey the Word of God and will accept teaching to be this glorious and perfect number that shall bear the glory of the fullness of Christ. So it is clear that our gospel work is unlike that of the kingdom.
144,000 honest-hearted and sincere Christians, who love the truth of the Bible and are willing to be taught the knowledge and revelation of Christ are needed to construct this tabernacle; the temple of David. That it be a church without spot or wrinkle or blemish. 144,000 does not mean that this is all there will be in The Church of God in the last days, but, this will its elect number by the time it reaches the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, a perfect man.
This 144,000 was the measure which controlled the Early Church. They were redeemed from among the twelve tribes of Israel. This same type of ministry that put the Early Church to the high calling and mark is also required in the Gentiles to bring the fullness of the Gentiles in the last days' Church with its Gentile apostles and prophets to its glory and high calling and mark.
So the house at last is framed and is now ready to grow into this holy temple.
Article Written By: The Late Grady R. Kent, St. John II, Chief Bishop of The Church of God, 1957-1964. Taken From: The Vision Speaks, Volume 4, Number 3, Dated: August 1961.[i]
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