Beloved Brethren in Christ, I shared a testimony a while back February 2015, titled `A Witness To The Power Of The Cross And Resurrection`, and made the decision to remove it, due to feeling the core of the testimony, i.e the topic of the 144,000; see Revelation 7/Revelation 14, is controversial and not necessary for salvation, and that what is important, which is what determines our salvation, is our Love for God and for one another, in line with God`s Word, and that God will make plain all truths concerning the topic and all other Biblical prophesies in his time.
The Lord brought to mind during my 1st attempt at writing this testimony (its been a spiritual battle, but we give glory to God ; Romans 8:28) that only in situations where due to resisting God`s leading into specific truths around such topics due to unbelief, one is unable to receive those specific truths, leading to living in error as a result do such topics become a salvation issue; see 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12/Isaiah 66:4. Another reason which prompted the removal is the fact that I, due to growth in Christ, Glory to God, now understand being dead to self differently from when I wrote the testimony. My current beliefs derive from Romans 6:3-4, which confirms what I had known to be the case long before writing the testimony, that is, that God sees each of us his Children, based on the end; see 1 Corinthians 12:13; see Acts 2:38; see all against the scripture Romans 6:3-4, rather than based on our intermittent errors along the way, though did not translate into my understanding of the concept of `alive in Christ as a result of being dead to self, at the time of writing the testimony.
God leads all things in line with his will, timing and purpose. I would as always however emphasize that we MUST ALWAYS be very vigilant to obey God`s Word; denying self as the Lord leads us by his Spirit; Love for him and for one another; see Galatians 5:25. This is extremely crucial; see 1 John 2:24; see 1 John 3:11. People can and do fall away; see 2 Peter 2:20-22. Love God and your neighbour; see Matthew 22:37-39, as he leads you by his Spirit, focusing on enduring to the end. The Lord will lead each and every single one of us into all truth in his time. Glory be to God.
All in all, it was God`s will I shared the testimony with all the details in it when I did, he knows all the reasons why. It was also his will it was removed completely when it was rather than simply editing, he also knows all the reasons why; Romans 8:28. All was shared from a heart of love, and I thank God for his continual leading, and I know the Lord will continue to lead each and every single one of us in the path of truth, in his Mighty precious name, Amen.
I would now like to address certain aspects of the testimony I feel led to address:
Yes, the Christian Church is the new Israel, the Israel chosen by God asper Galatians 4:28, and which is made up of all people, regardless of genetics, who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ; see James 2:17-18; and endure in Love till the end; see Matthew 24:12-13; see 1 John 2:24; see against 1 John 3:11; see all against John 15:12-14. They are all virgins male and female, because they are made new by the blood of Christ; see 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new;” see also Romans 2:28-29. The 144,000 are a portion of this family, the first fruits, born either Jew or Gentile, male and female, all virgin (made new by the blood of Jesus Christ) Sons of God. Note also, that the Bible refers to all God`s children as sons of God, whether male or female. See Romans 8:14 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God).” In terms of an endtime revival, what I now know is fact, is that there will be an end time revealing of all God`s Children; see Romans 8:17-18.
Thank you for reading, and may the Lord God Almighty continually bless you all, in Jesus` Mighty and precious name, Amen.