To understand yet more completely the order by
which G-d will resurrect and “heave out”, i.e. rapture the
Living Tabernacle, it will help to study the pattern of encampment and
departure of Israel in the wilderness1.
G-d’s people (Israel) set out by STAGES, in a specific order2,
each at a specific time, thus avoiding confusion. A short listing of the
order of DEPARTURE and ENCAMPMENT will clarify even more how G-d has prepared
to "break up camp" for his saints on earth, and for the order of their
arrival in heaven.
But it does NOT complete the First Resurrection!
The first four groups [most holy - see the pattern of pitching the Tent of Meeting] are caught up to G-d and to His throne, and/or are seen standing in His Presence. According to the pattern in the Tenach, only high priests could enter the Holy of Holies and appear before the Shekinah Presence of G-d by virtue of the atoning blood and their special consecration and anointing. Their anointing, blameless perfection and ministry was "up-to-par" with the holiness G-d's Presence requires, for He is Most Holy. A holiness of a lesser order, such as the "Levitical priesthood" pattern, could not proceed into His Presence. (His greater holiness instantly broke out upon them in the form of fiery flames and slayed them.)
The next three groups [holy - see again pattern] are also seen in heaven, but not in G-d’s Presence.
The eigth group is seen only after
the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and His Return to earth with all His saints.
Thrones of judgment are set up (probably twelve thrones for the twelve
apostles4) and only then do
we see the last group of the First Resurrection, the eigth,
being raised from the dead. This group corresponds to the Court
of the Tabernacle which was pitched last, common,
without anointing, sanctified only by the sin offering.
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