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Who will elect God’s Will ?

     There is a group described in scripture that live in the Latter days (now). They have an important task to complete and they are described in great detail in scripture that was written by the Old Testament Prophets (Contact Personalities) who collaborated with Melchizedek as told in the Urantia Book.

The following are excerpts from the book The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand. The latter days are when Jews are regathered from all over the world back to their homeland of Israel only to be attacked, in a still future prophecy, by "all the nations" in war As you read the current events of this unfolding situation in modern Israel it is good to be aware that what is happening now was prophesied over 2500 years ago. We are living in a very special time in history which will witness the coming of Melchizedek to assume his rightful sovereignty of our world. The group of people described below are characterized by their willingness to elect the will of God over and above their own.

     The act of choosing the Will of God over all other concerns requires the obliteration of the dead center of doubt and results in the total identification of man’s will with God’s Will. Let’s look further at these people in scripture who elect the Will of God as their own.

Those Who Elect God’s Will

1Enoch 95:4     You shall not fear those who trouble you ;
                         for restoration
shall be yours; a splendid light shall shine around
                         you, and the voice of tranquility shall be heard from Heaven.

1Enoch 97:9     But in those days blessed shall they be, to whom the word of
                        wisdom is delivered; who point out and pursue the path of the
  
                     Most High (God); who walk in the way of righteousness, and
                        who act not impiously with the impious.

     The ‘word of wisdom is delivered’ to the elect through special books as we shall see later.   Continuing on with the those who elect God we have:

1Enoch 91:2     Let not your spirit be grieved on account of the times; for the
                        holy, the Great One, has prescribed
a period to all.

1Enoch 91:3     Let the righteous man arise from slumber; let him arise, and
                        proceed in the path of righteousness, in all its paths; and let him
                        advance in goodness and in eternal clemency.

1Enoch 91:1     That which was written by Enoch. He wrote all this instruction
                        of wisdom f
or every man of dignity, and every judge of the earth,
                        for all my children who shall dwell on the earth and for subsequent
                        generations.

1Enoch l: 1       The word of the blessing of Enoch, how he blessed the elect and the
                        righteous
who were to exist in the time of trouble. (the end of the age
  
                     trial period)

1Enoch 1:2       From them (the angels in his vision) I (Enoch) heard all things, that
                        will not take place in this generation, but in a
distant generation,
  
                     which is to succeed on account of the elect.

1Enoch 1:9      The elect shall possess light, joy, and peace; and they shall inherit the earth.

1Enoch 1:11    Then shall wisdom be given to the elect, all of whom will live and
                        not transgress.

1Enoch            Another mystery also I point out. To the righteous and wise shall
109:10             be given books of joy, of integrity, and of great wisdom…Who from
                        these (books) shall acquire the knowledge of every upright path.

A particular group of people is being described here. So far, this group, referred to as the elect:

                        1. Receive books of great wisdom, through which they are made wise
                        2. Acquire the knowledge of every upright path
                        3. Pursue and point out the path of the Most High (God)
                        4. Live in the latter days, the time of tribulation, in a distant generation from
                            Enoch.
                        5. Inherit the earth (after the ruling elite are deposed)
                        6. Are from among ‘Israel’ or Christendom of today.

     The Book of Revelation contains a vision of the apostle John where John is instructed to write messages to the seven churches. The seven churches are the various types or groups of Christians living at the end of the age right before Messiah Melchizedek arrives. These messages contain a divine assessment of the pluses and minuses of each group or personality type existing at the end of the age upon us now. All of the seven churches have considerable portions of negative criticism except for one – the Church of Philadelphia:

Revelation 3:7   And to the church of Philadelphia write: "This is the message
                        from the one who is holy and true. He (Jesus) has the key that belonged
                        to David, and when he opens a door, No one can close, and when
                        he closes a door, No one can open it.

     The one who is holy and true, with the key of David, is Jesus Christ who holds the keys to the spiritual kingdom of heaven within. He says to the church of Philadelphia:

Revelation 3:8    I know your works. Behold, I have set an open door before you,
                        which no one is able to shut; I know that you
have but little power;
                        and that you have kept my word (or have been
faithful to my message: Phillips
                        translation) and have not denied my Name (Jesus).

     This is a group that Jesus gives wholehearted approval (an open door), living at the end of The Age, who are true to the message of Jesus, the gospel of the kingdom of heaven. Consider the "door" which Jesus speaks of:

Revelation 3:20        ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock,’ if anyone hears my voice and opens his
                               door, I will come in to dine and eat with him and he with Me.

Matthew 7:7      Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find, keep
                        on knocking and the door will be opened to you.

John 10:1             I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, he who does not enter by the
                        door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way is a thief and
                        robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of sheep…

    10:6             But they (the apostles) did not understand what He was talking
                        about.

    10:7             I tell you that I Myself (Jesus) am the Door of the Sheep.

     The door represents entrance into the kingdom of heaven within where man communes directly with God, as son with Father. For the price of faith and obedience, God promises to do everything else. Jesus is the personification of faith and of obedience to God’s will: "not my will but Your will be done," Jesus prays. And so, the Father is glorified in Jesus and Jesus is glorified in his Father. "The kingdom of heaven is the will of God enthroned in the heart of man." (UB) And so, the door of the kingdom of heaven is always open to the members of the church of Philadelphia because they already know God and seek to do His Will, i.e. they already understand the kingdom of heaven. Now we need to know more about this church of Philadelphia:

                       Philadelphia, not a very large city, was a busy commercial center.
                       was the meeting point of roads from Sardis, from the coast and from
                       regions in the Northeast and Southeast.
(Handbook on Revelation to John
  
                    – United Bible Societies)

                            The final letter to the church of Philadelphia takes us to the ultimate
                       evolutionary stage – full knowledge of consciousness, a state beyond
                       duality…
(Revelation, Peter Lorie, Simon & Schuster)

                            From the very beginning Philadelphia was seen as a monument to the
                       possibility of divinity within mankind. The Greek word "philadelphers"
                       means one who loves his brother"… Founded in around l50 B.C., it was
                       situated on high ground and formed a perfect geographical position for
                       trade. It was known as a gateway to the East…We can suppose that for
                       John, Philadelphia would have epitomized the ideal of a city which had
                       balance, good will, and good judgment. This gives us a good allegory for
                       the final stage of human spiritual evolution – that of enlightenment, the
                       ultimate consciousness, a state that brings perfect balance. At this stage
                       according to all Eastern and Western traditions, there is no duality, but a
                       oneness with life and all existence. The other six letters of
Revelation can
                       be exemplified by the opposites of the Zodiac signs – Leo and Aquarius,
                       Gemini and Sagittarius, for example. Here we have characteristics that are
                       in opposition to one another, whereas in the final stage of human
                       development (as symbolized by Philadelphia) we become one with
                       existence – enlightened. (Peter Lorie,
Revelation)

     Put simply we become holy, the word derives from the Old English hal, whole or integrated and complete.
     Transcendence, overcomes the paradox of duality, the
experience of the reality of the Kingdom of heaven within allows us to identify with a higher, spiritual reality, instead of a lower, material reality. The higher completes the lower. And the Highest Reality, the source of all reality is God, who’s very Will is motivated by love and guided by wisdom. Now, lets look at the missing links contained in the Urantia Book regarding Philadelphia:

UB 1869        Within a short time after the destruction of Jerusalem, Antioch
                       became the headquarters of Pauline Christianity; while Philadelphia
  
                    remained the center of the Abnerian Kingdom of heaven.
                       From Antioch the Pauline version of the Teachings of Jesus and
                       the teaching
about Jesus spread to all the Western World; from
                       Philadelphia the missionaries of the Abnerian
Kingdom of heaven
  
                    spread throughout Mesopotamia and Arabia until the later times
                       when these uncompromising emissaries of the teachings
of Jesus
                       were overwhelmed by the sudden rise of Islam.

UB 1832         …the believers at Philadelphia held more strictly to the religion
                       of Jesus, as he lived and taught, than any other group on earth.

     Now prophecy is true both in the context of the time of its writing and in the time of its prophetic future fulfillment. And so, the church of Philadelphia spoken of in Revelation as existing in the latter days (now) would have characteristics like the church of Philadelphia existing at the time of John’s vision and writing. One might then expect this congregation or church of the latter days to be a group, like Abner’s, true to the message of Jesus (the gospel of the kingdom of heaven), and to be concerned with issues of brotherly love such as the brotherhood of man predicated on the Fatherhood of God. This is exactly the effect of the Urantia Book, ie; to explain and inspire the living of the kingdom of heaven within; the true way, the true gospel of Jesus that the apostles did not understand. The Urantia Book actually brings into being this latter day church of Philadelphia. The Urantia Book teaches the doing of God's Will. The elect are those who choose (elect) God's Will. Now if we integrate these concepts from Revelation about the Church of Philadelphia with the concepts of 1Enoch, one could envision a group in the latter days that:

1           is blessed with book(s) of joy and great wisdom;
2           that give them knowledge of the way of God which they practice
             and point out to others; (the choosing of God's Will)
3           that know the true
message of Jesus and are faithful to it, (the choosing
             of God's Will)
4           and have reached the enlightenment stage of brotherly love.
5           live in the latter days, the time of tribulation, in a distant generation from
             Enoch.
6           have but little worldly power, probably a small group.
7           Are found among ‘gentile’ Christians.

These descriptions from Enoch and Revelation seem to mesh very well. The "elect" congregation is one and the same as the "church of Philadelphia." Also, consider this line of scripture addressed to the church of Philadelphia:

Revelation 3:11         I am coming soon; hold fast what you have, so that no one may
                                seize your
crown.

Remember this crown?

Deuteronomy 33:16      Let the blessings come upon the head of Joseph, upon the crown
                                     of the head of him who was separate (in Egypt) and prince among
  
                                  his brothers. (The crown follows the "elect" , those who elect God.)

Those Who Elect God’s Will

Genesis 49:26       The blessings…on you (Joseph) are as lasting as the bounties of
                             the eternal hills; they shall be on the
head of Joseph, and on the
                             crown of the head of him…who is prince among them (twelve sons
                             of Jacob).

Genesis 37:9         Joseph dreamed another dream…He said, behold, this time not only eleven stars
                             but also the sun and moon bow down to reverence me.

     The crown seems to track "the elect" which passes from Joseph to Ephraim. We have already seen that both terms Joseph and Ephraim are used to denote Lost Israel, which has in turn been identified with Christians. Therefore one might look for the elect among Christians and more specifically the future remnant of the Christians. The elect appears to be the leadership group, among the Christians, who know and practice the "path of God," who are given books of great wisdom (from which they learn the way of every upright path), who point out to others the path of the Most High (God), and who are faithful to the true message of Jesus. Now consider a slightly different use of the word elect as part of a completely different topic.

1Enoch 39: 1    In those days the elect and holy race descend from the upper heavens
                        and their seed shall be with the sons of men.

     This "holy and elect" race of people are implied to be not of the sons of men (human kind) Their "seed" shall be with the sons of men, apparently for procreative purposes. These are definitely physical beings because they produce "seed" presumably eggs, sperm or both. Since we are talking about physical beings, their "descent from the upper heavens" is also a physical event, which could be interpreted as coming down from the sky or space and "descending." Now consider:

UB 1025          Is there a possibility that an unexpected and unprecedented event
                        is about to take place, the sometime return to the planet of Adam and
                        Eve or certain of their progeny…

     With a large amount of speculation, one might consider 1Enoch 39:1 as referring to the Adamic racial strain as the elect. This would explain why they are referred to as the "elect and holy race" as this race may be the children of Adam and Eve. The crown of Joseph may in part indicate his endowment of Adamic genes acquired through the breeding of a male line of the mixed Semitic heritage with the female line of an Adamically enriched heritage. The word elect may partly refer to similar genetics, as well as other more important intangible factors, such as the election of God’s will as their highest goal. Genetics may play a role in the nucleus of this group, but as in Moses’ time, in a majority of the group, genetics may play little or no role. Genetic considerations are present, but are a limited factor among many that define this group, or any other group for that matter.
     Also consider:

Isaiah 45:4       …Israel mine elect, I have called thee by name: I have surnamed thee, though thou
                        hast not known me.

     Here, Israel is addressed as "mine elect." We already know that Israel is derived from Joseph and that Lost Israel is modern Christendom. Again, the elect are among the Christians. Further, Christ in Christian means Messiah and the Messiah has been identified as Melchizedek, therefore Christians are surnamed after Melchizedek, the Messiah, who then says, "I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me." Christians are surnamed after Melchizedek the true Messiah or "Christ," and Christians do not know anything about him – yet! Remember, Jesus is not the Messiah! The name Christ (Messiah) is what Jesus is not. Rather, the person Jesus Christ lies above Melchizedek in the hierarchy of divine Sons, just as Adam and Eve lie below as described in the Urantia Book. At the very bottom of the hierarchy of course lies the human being, also a son of God, small s of course. We continue with further prophecy regarding the elect:

Isaiah 65:9        And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an
                         inheritor of my mountains: and my elect shall inherit it, and my
                         servants shall dwell there.

     This goes along with the statement in Enoch regarding the elect inheritance. The greater the number of different sources, the higher the probability of accuracy, although 1Enoch could be derived from Isaiah or vice-a-versa.

Matthew 24:22         And unless the Lord had shortened the days, no human being
Amplified                  would be saved; but for the sake of the elect; His chosen ones (those
Bible                         whom He picked out for Himself) he has shortened the days.

     What is implied here is that God would allow the world to destroy itself if not for the presence of the elect. But we shouldn’t get the idea of a "chosen group" – this is definitely not so. The elect are those who elect God to a position of central importance in their lives. God has chosen every human being through the gift of His indwelling spirit. We are all chosen, but only some choose Him in return. It is not God’s Will that anyone suffer, either physically or spiritually, but due to prior antecedent causes, freely chosen, there is a harvest of evil to reap for the family of man. And even this, God will turn to the benefit of those that love Him.
     Also consider:

Daniel 12:1         At that time…there shall be a time of trouble, straightness, and distress
Amplified            such as never was since there was a nation till that time…
Bible

Daniel 12:3         And the teachers and those who are wise shall shine like the brightness
                          of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness shall give
                           forth light like the stars forever and ever.

Daniel 12:10       Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be
                           tried, smelted, and refined, but the wicked will do wickedly. And
                           none of the wicked will understand, but the teachers and those who
                           are wise
shall understand.

     Here we have a group who understand, are wise, and who teach others. They purify themselves because they choose God’s will under difficult circumstances and are transformed (purified and refined) in the process. These unnamed people of Daniel fit precisely with what we already know about the elect. Since these people of Daniel do the same things as the elect do, they are the same. Scripture speaks directly to these elect who choose God saying:

Isaiah 41:6      Each one helps the other.
                      Saying to his fellow, "take courage!"

Isaiah 41:9      You whom I drew from the ends of the earth
                       And called from its far corners…

Isaiah 41:10    Be not frightened for I am your God,
                       I strengthen you and I help you.
  
                    I uphold you with My victorious right hand.
                       Shamed and chagrined shall be
                       All who contend with you;…

Isaiah 41:12     Those who struggle with you
                        Less than nothing shall be

Isaiah 55:17     No weapon against you
                        Shall succeed,
                        And every tongue that contends with you at home
                        You shall defeat

Isaiah 61:6        …You shall be called "Priests of the Lord,"
                        And termed "servants of our God."

Isaiah 66:14     You shall see and your heart rejoice,
                        Your limbs shall flourish as the grass.

     Now lets turn to the Dead Sea Scrolls on this important topic about those who elect God Below, the Teacher of Righteousness, the leader of the Qumran Community, is giving his interpretations of various scripture passages regarding these same elect:

4Q215             Prophecy of Naphtali - …they (the elect) will endure the affliction of
Col 2               distress and the ordeal of the pit, and they will be purified by these
                        things and shall become the elect of righteousness;

11Q13             By the power of Melchizedek, dominion on earth will pass from
DSC                Belial (Devil/Caligastia) to the righteous
Sons of Light. (DSC A New
                        Translation, Wise, Abegg & Cook)

                        This latter group (The Sons of Light) constitutes those who are
                        predestined to belong to the party of Melchizedek, "the congregation
                        of the
sons of righteousness." (the elect)

4Q160             Thy people shall take refuge…amid the rage of the enemies of
DSC                Thy people, Thou shalt verify Thy glory over the land and sea…
                       And all the peoples of Thy lands shall know that Thou hast created
  
                     them…and the multitudes shall understand that this is Thy people…
  
                    Thy holy ones whom Thou hast sanctified. (Wise, Abegg & Cook)

4Q174             Interpreted (Psalm 2:1)this saying concerns the Kings of the nations
DSC                who shall rage against the elect of Israel in the last days. This shall
  
                     be the time of trial to come…so as to perfect…(…represents missing scroll
  
                     text) (Wise, Abegg & Cook)

4Q174             A remnant of the people shall be left according to the lot assigned
DSC                them, and they shall practice the
Whole Law…Moses. (…represents
                        missing scroll text) Thy people who
know God shall be strong.
                        They are the masters who
understand…(Wise, Abegg & Cook)

4Q 243,           (In that time) those who are called by name shall be gathered…
244, 245          from among the
Gentiles, and it shall be, from that day…the holy
DSC                ones…(missing text) (Wise, Abegg & Cook)

     The above passages from the Dead Sea Scrolls, describe a group of people who: take refuge from the rage of its enemies, are ultimately glorified by God, are perfected by trials, who practice the "whole law," and are "masters of understanding." Finally, we learn that these people are "called by name" (by God and Melchizedek) and are found among the gentiles in the latter days. These individuals match up with what we already know about the elect from prior descriptions. This group, by many names, is found consistently from among diverse sources of scripture including 1Enoch, Revelation, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Isaiah and Jeremiah among others. In fact, a high percentage of unfulfilled scripture, regarding the end of the age, is about this group and its experiences. Further, we have further scripture interpretation by the Teacher:

4Q171            This (Psalms 37:14-15) refers to the wicked of "Ephraim and
DSC               Manasseh," who will try to do away with the Priest and the
                       members of his party during the time of trial that is coming upon
                       them. But God will save them from their power and afterward
                       hand them (wicked) over to the wicked Gentiles for judgment.
                       (Wise, Abegg & Cook)

4Q171             Interpreted (Psalms 37:16), this is the congregation of His elect who
DSC                do His Will. (Dead Sea Scrolls, Vermes)

     The reference in the first stanza (4Q171) to "the Priest and members of his party" is to the Messianic final prophet to come and "his party" is the "congregation of the elect." The wicked of "Ephraim and Manasseh" are members of "Lost Israel" (leaders of America and England, discussed later) who try to destroy the congregation of the elect. (Probably because they reveal the truth about these corrupt leaders.)
     Further interpretation by the Teacher of Righteousness:

DSC                 This (Psalms 6:1-4) refers to the Last Days, about (the righteous,
pg. 234             when) Belial (devil) planned to destroy them in his fury, so that
Wise                 none would remain of…
God will not allow Belial…But the Angel of God’s truth
                        will help keep the Children of Light from the power of Belial.But the righteous are
                        always beloved, and the Great power of God is with them,(Wise, Abegg, & Cook)
                        (… represent missing original text)

     Why Belial is so angry at this group is not explicit, but is presumably due to the promulgation of truth, which discloses and sets up resistance to Belial’s activities. The divine protection of the elect and righteous, during the messianic period, is described over and over in scripture across many different sources. It has a very high probability of happening. This is similar to the protection afforded the ancient Israelites by "the Lord" as his servant Moses led them out of Egypt. The end is very much like the beginning in sacred history. From Dead Sea Scrolls by Geza Vermes, we continue on the subject of the elect:

4Q381 DSC     Man will not be strong and will not rise
Vermes Fr.46    …and Thou hast tested all.
Noncanonical    
And the elect, like an offering;
Psalms.             
Thou wilt purify before Thee,
Thanksgiving     
Light shines and joy bursts forth;
Hymns               Morning vanishes and sorrow flees.
                          Peace is revealed, dread ceases
                          Iniquity has stopped, plague has ceased
                          With no more illness
                          For He humbles the proud spirit with no remnant
                          And from the dust He lifts up the poor to eternal heights
                          He raises freely the totterers of the earth,
                          And His might is with their steps.

4Q267             … He established appointed times of goodwill for those who
Fr. 1                 search His commandments and walk in the perfection of way.
                        And he revealed hidden things to their eyes, and opened their
  
                     ears so that they might hear deep (secrets) and understand all
                        future things before they befall them.

     It would appear that God is going to make available to those who elect God, and all who will listen, the events that will happen before they befall them. This is possibly mediated through His servant, the final prophet, who is said to reveal deep secrets and foretell all that will happen to the elect through the interpretation of the Prophets of Old. Further:

4Q4l8             And you, elect of truth
Fr. 69             and pursuers of righteousness and justice
                       … guardians of all knowledge,
                       How will you say:
                       We labour for understanding
  
                    And keep awake to pursue knowledge.

Finally, we generalize our search regarding the elect and find:

John Hogue
Millennium Prophecy

                       I saw the sun-eyed children of a marvelous dawn
                       …the massive barrier breakers of the world
                       …the architects of immortality
                       …bodies made beautiful by the Spirit’s light,
                       Carrying the magic word, the mystic fire,
                       Carrying the Dionysian cup of Joy
                                            Sri Aurobindo (l946-47), Saut.

Millennium       You will not have to be good, you will find you are good.
Prophecy         You will not have to be loving, you will find you
are love.
                                            Osho (l987), RBSP
Nostradamus

15Q96             To speak the truth they will have closed mouths.

Millennium        Those who really desire to understand,
Prophecy         Who are looking to find that which is eternal,
                        Without beginning and without end,
                         Will walk together in great intensity,
  
                     Will be a danger to everything that is unessential,
                        To unrealities, to shadows.
                        And they will concentrate, they will become the Flame,
                        Because they understand.
                                                J. Krishnamurti ( l929)

Millennium        One hundred years ago, Madame Blavatsky saw a future where
Prophecy         America becomes the cradle of a new human kind. (John Hogue)

     Those who "keep awake to pursue knowledge" and "labour for understanding" are "the massive barrier breakers of the world." Like Jesus, they "will have closed mouths to speak the truth" and they will "walk together in great intensity." And so, the Lord preserves his "servants" who are mindful of him and will give them the land to dwell on. What’s more His "chosen ones" are given actual possession of the earth. This means that when the present world leadership is removed that sovereignty will pass to Melchizedek and Melchizedek will give it to "his chosen ones," elsewhere called the elect. The elect are those who understand, elect, and do God’s will. Consider:

Those Who Elect God’s Will

1Enoch 1:1     (This is) The word of the blessing of Enoch, how he blessed the elect and the
                       righteous who are to exist in the
time of trouble;…

1Enoch 1:2     that which will not take place in this generation; but in a generation, which is to
                      succeed at a
distant period, on account of the elect.

Mt. 24:22       And except those days be shortened, there should no flesh be saved; but for the
                      elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Isaiah 65        For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy
                      name:
I have surnamed thee, though thou has not known me.

Isaiah 43:1      Fear not, for I will redeem you,
                       I have singled you out by name,
                      You are mine.
                       When you pass through water,
                       I will be with you;
                       Through streams,
                       Thy shall not overwhelm you
                       When you walk through fire
                       You shall not be scorched…
                       Because you are precious to Me
                       And honored, and
I love you.

Isaiah 54:17      No weapon formed against you
                        Shall succeed…
                        Such is the lot of the servants of the Lord,
                        Such their triumph through Me.

     From 1Enoch we see that this people who love God, i.e. the "elect," is a group that exists during the trial period, that "distant period" of time referred to by 1Enoch at the end of the age. Also, we notice, that God’s entire plan for salvation during this period is enacted for the sake of those people who love God and live according to His Will; those who elect Him.
     Matthew confirms 1Enoch, or derives from 1Enoch, this same sentiment. Isaiah gives clues to the identify of the elect and emphasizes the
divine protection and support they will receive in their attempts to stand up to the evils of "those days," through which those people will be further refined and "made white" in the fires of adversity. Further:

1Enoch             To the righteous and wise shall be given books of joy, of integrity,
104:10             and of great wisdom. To them shall books be given, in which they
                        shall believe;

104:11             And in which they shall rejoice. And all the righteous will be
                        rewarded, who from these (books) shall acquire the knowledge
                        of every upright path.

104A: 1           In those days, saith the Lord, they (the elect) shall call to the
                        children of the earth and make them listen to their wisdom.
  
                     Show them that you are their leaders…Rejoice, children of
                        integrity, in the truth.

     Rejoice indeed. It would appear that through some remarkable books, a certain group or groups of people will be brought into a whole knowledge of "every upright path." These people become leaders in teaching other people, the "children of the earth," the ways of truth. Perhaps this teaching may relate to other scriptural statements that "before the end (of the age) the gospel of the kingdom of heaven will be proclaimed to all the world." Notice that this gospel is about the kingdom of heaven, the true gospel of Jesus. Now, all we need to do is find those people who have been taught, by books, about this mysterious subject, the kingdom of heaven, and wake them up to their task ahead. Lets turn now to see what the Dead Sea Scrolls have to say about the elect.

DSC                Why do the peoples rage and the peoples meditate vanity? Why
4Q174             do the kings of the earth rise up, and the princes take council together
                        against the Lord and his Messiah’ (Psalms 2: 1).

                        Interpreted, this saying concerns the kings of nations who shall
                        rage up against the elect of Israel in the last days. (Interpretation by the
  
                     Teacher of Righteousness, leader of the Qumran community)

4Q174             ‘But the wicked shall do wickedly and shall not understand,
                        but the righteous shall purify themselves and make themselves
                        white (Daniel.12: 10)’ ...
the people who know God shall be strong.
  
                     They are the masters who understand…(Interpretation by Teacher
                        of Righteousness; dotted lines represent missing original text)

     Notice here that the Teacher of Righteousness is interpreting Psalms 2 and Daniel 12:10 in the same vein as we have been. He identifies an elect group, who is standing up against the world and the powers to be ("peoples" and "Kings of the nations" rage). The Teacher of Righteousness also recognizes the unique understanding that these people will possess, they know God in their hearts and understand His Kingdom of Heaven within. Scripture is reinforcing and repeating important information. Information so reinforced, is very likely to be accurate judging from past performances. Also note that the elect are ‘of Israel’ which have previously been identified as Christians, many of whom are living in the Chief of Nations during the latter days. More on the identity of the elect will be presented later in this book.
     Now, we return again to Isaiah where the Lord says:

 

This presentation is from the book, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand” by Edmund Joseph Roache

 

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