Message Eleven: The Offering of Isaac and Experiencing God as the One Who Gives Life to the Dead
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Scripture Reading: Gen. 22:1-18; Heb. 11:17-19; Rom. 4:17
Gen 22:1        Now after these things God tested Abraham and said to him, Abraham. And he said, Here I am.
Gen 22:2        And He said, Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.
Gen 22:3        And Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son. And he split the wood for the burnt offering and rose up and went to the place of which God had told him.
Gen 22:4        On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar.
Gen 22:5        And Abraham said to his young men, Stay here with the donkey; and I and the boy will go over there, and we will worship; and then we will return to you.
Gen 22:6        And Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and laid it upon Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. And the two of them walked together.
Gen 22:7        And Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, My father! And he said, Here I am, my son. And he said, The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
Gen 22:8        And Abraham said, God Himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son. So the two of them walked on together.
Gen 22:9        And they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar on top of the wood.
Gen 22:10      And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son.
Gen 22:11      And the Angel of Jehovah called to him from the heavens and said, Abraham, Abraham. And he said, Here I am.
Gen 22:12      And He said, Do not stretch out your hand upon the boy, nor do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.
Gen 22:13      And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram, caught in the thicket by its horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering in place of his son.
Gen 22:14      And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh, as it is said to this day, On the mount of Jehovah it will be provided.
Gen 22:15      And the Angel of Jehovah called to Abraham a second time from the heavens
Gen 22:16      And said, By Myself I have sworn, declares Jehovah: Because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son,
Gen 22:17      I will surely bless you and will greatly multiply your seed like the stars of the heavens and like the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.
Gen 22:18      And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.
Heb 11:17      By faith Abraham, being tested, offered up Isaac; indeed he who gladly received the promises was offering up his only begotten,
Heb 11:18      Of whom it was said, "In Isaac shall your seed be called";
Heb 11:19      Counting that God was able to raise men even from the dead, from which he also received him back in figure.
Rom 4:17       (As it is written, "I have appointed you a father of many nations") in the sight of God whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls the things not being as being.
 
 
I.     God tested Abraham by instructing him to take his only son, Isaac, and offer him as a burnt offering—Gen. 22:1-2:
Gen 22:1        Now after these things God tested Abraham and said to him, Abraham. And he said, Here I am.
Gen 22:2        And He said, Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.
A.     The life at Beer-sheba produces a burnt offering (Isaac) that is offered to God:
1.      Isaac’s source of living made him a burnt offering, one who was offered to God for His satisfaction—vv. 2, 7-9:
Gen 22:2        And He said, Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.
Gen 22:7        And Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, My father! And he said, Here I am, my son. And he said, The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
Gen 22:8        And Abraham said, God Himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son. So the two of them walked on together.
Gen 22:9        And they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar on top of the wood.
a.      The Hebrew word for burnt offering literally means “that which goes up” and denotes something that ascends to God—Lev. 1:3, footnote 1.
Lev 1:3          If his offering is a 1burnt offering from the herd, he shall present it, a male without blemish; he shall present it at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, that he may be accepted before Jehovah.
note 1      The Hebrew word literally means that which goes up and denotes something that ascends to God. The burnt offering typifies Christ not mainly in His redeeming man from sin but in His living a life that is perfect and absolutely for God and for God's satisfaction (v. 9; John 5:19, 30; 6:18; 7:18; 8:29; 14:24) and in His being the life that enables God's people to have such a living (2 Cor. 5:15; Gal. 2:19-20). It is God's food that God may enjoy it and be satisfied (Num. 28:2). This offering was to be offered daily, in the morning and in the evening (Exo. 29:38-42; Lev. 6:8-13; Num. 28:3-4).
b.      The burnt offering typifies Christ not mainly in His redeeming man from sin but in His living a life that is perfect and absolutely for God and for God’s satisfaction and in His being the life that enables God’s people to have such a living—v. 9; John 5:19, 30; 6:38; 7:18; 8:29; 14:24; 2 Cor. 5:15; Gal. 2:19-20.
Lev 1:9          But its inward parts and its legs he shall wash with water. Then the priest shall burn the whole on the altar, as a burnt offering, an offering by fire, a satisfying fragrance to Jehovah.
John 5:19       Then Jesus answered and said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, The Son can do nothing from Himself except what He sees the Father doing, for whatever that One does, these things the Son also does in like manner.
John 5:30       I can do nothing from Myself; as I hear, I judge, and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will but the will of Him who sent Me.
John 6:38       For I have come down from heaven not to do My own will but the will of Him who sent Me.
John 7:18       He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of Him who sent Him, this One is true, and unrighteousness is not in Him.
John 8:29       And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.
John 14:24     He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me.
2 Cor 5:15      And He died for all that those who live may no longer live to themselves but to Him who died for them and has been raised.
Gal 2:19         For I through law have died to law that I might live to God.
Gal 2:20         I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
c.      The burnt offering is God’s food that God may enjoy it and be satisfied—Num. 28:2.
Num 28:2       Command the children of Israel and say to them, My offering, My food for My offerings by fire of a satisfying fragrance to Me, you shall be careful to present to Me at its appointed time.
2.      The proper church life produces burnt offerings—Lev. 1:1-2; Rom. 12:1-2:
Lev 1:1          Then Jehovah called to Moses and spoke to him out of the Tent of Meeting, saying,
Lev 1:2          Speak to the children of Israel and say to them, When any one of you presents an offering to Jehovah, you shall present your offering from the cattle, of the herd or of the flock.
Rom 12:1       I exhort you therefore, brothers, through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2       And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.
a.      The living, growing, and calling on the name of Jehovah, El Olam, at Beer-sheba are all for the producing of a burnt offering— Gen. 21:33; 22:1-2.
Gen 21:33      And Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beer-sheba, and there he called on the name of Jehovah, the Eternal God.
Gen 22:1        Now after these things God tested Abraham and said to him, Abraham. And he said, Here I am.
Gen 22:2        And He said, Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.
b.      The more we stay in the church life, the more it will bring us from Beer-sheba to Moriah.
B.     Like Abraham, we need to learn the lesson of offering back to God what He has given to us—vv. 1-18; Rom. 11:36:
Gen 22:1        Now after these things God tested Abraham and said to him, Abraham. And he said, Here I am.
Gen 22:2        And He said, Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.
Gen 22:3        And Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son. And he split the wood for the burnt offering and rose up and went to the place of which God had told him.
Gen 22:4        On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar.
Gen 22:5        And Abraham said to his young men, Stay here with the donkey; and I and the boy will go over there, and we will worship; and then we will return to you.
Gen 22:6        And Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and laid it upon Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. And the two of them walked together.
Gen 22:7        And Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, My father! And he said, Here I am, my son. And he said, The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
Gen 22:8        And Abraham said, God Himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son. So the two of them walked on together.
Gen 22:9        And they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar on top of the wood.
Gen 22:10      And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son.
Gen 22:11      And the Angel of Jehovah called to him from the heavens and said, Abraham, Abraham. And he said, Here I am.
Gen 22:12      And He said, Do not stretch out your hand upon the boy, nor do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.
Gen 22:13      And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram, caught in the thicket by its horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering in place of his son.
Gen 22:14      And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh, as it is said to this day, On the mount of Jehovah it will be provided.
Gen 22:15      And the Angel of Jehovah called to Abraham a second time from the heavens
Gen 22:16      And said, By Myself I have sworn, declares Jehovah: Because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son,
Gen 22:17      I will surely bless you and will greatly multiply your seed like the stars of the heavens and like the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.
Gen 22:18      And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.
Rom 11:36     Because out from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
1.      Everything concerning Isaac was of God and by God, and God required that Abraham offer Isaac back to Him as a burnt offering— Gen. 22:1-2.
Gen 22:1        Now after these things God tested Abraham and said to him, Abraham. And he said, Here I am.
Gen 22:2        And He said, Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.
2.      Isaac, a type of Christ as the promised seed (Gal. 3:16), was given to Abraham by God, yet God asked Abraham to give back to God what God had given him; this surely was a test to Abraham— Gen. 22:1; Heb. 11:17.
Gal 3:16         But to Abraham were the promises spoken and to his seed. He does not say, And to the seeds, as concerning many, but as concerning one: "And to your seed," who is Christ.
Gen 22:1        Now after these things God tested Abraham and said to him, Abraham. And he said, Here I am.
Heb 11:17      By faith Abraham, being tested, offered up Isaac; indeed he who gladly received the promises was offering up his only begotten,
3.      Here we see a basic principle in God’s economy: all that God has given us, even what He has wrought into us and through us, must eventually be offered back to Him, that we may live a life of faith, not holding on to anything, even to the things given by God, but relying only on Him.
4.      The highest demand from God is to give back to Him what He has given us.
 
II.   In Genesis 22:1-18 we see Abraham’s obedience of faith— Heb. 11:17-19:
Gen 22:1~18  (be omitted.)
Heb 11:17      By faith Abraham, being tested, offered up Isaac; indeed he who gladly received the promises was offering up his only begotten,
Heb 11:18      Of whom it was said, "In Isaac shall your seed be called";
Heb 11:19      Counting that God was able to raise men even from the dead, from which he also received him back in figure.
A.     Abraham did not initiate anything or do anything according to his concept.
B.     The faith that had been infused into Abraham brought him to Mount Moriah, which is another name for Mount Zion, and enabled him to offer Isaac as a burnt offering— Gen. 22:1-2; 2 Chron. 3:1.
Gen 22:1        Now after these things God tested Abraham and said to him, Abraham. And he said, Here I am.
Gen 22:2        And He said, Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.
2 Chron 3:1    And Solomon began to build the house of Jehovah in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where He had appeared to David his father, at the place that David prepared, on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
 
III.  Abraham called the place where he offered Isaac Jehovahjireh—Gen. 22:14:
Gen 22:14      And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh, as it is said to this day, On the mount of Jehovah it will be provided.
A.     Moriah means “the vision of Jah,” that is, the vision of Jehovah; on Mount Moriah Abraham saw God, and God saw him—v. 2.
Gen 22:2        And He said, Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.
B.     Verse 14b can be translated either, “On the mount of Jehovah it will be provided,” or “On the mount of Jehovah He will be seen”:
Gen 22:14b    … On the mount of Jehovah it will be provided.
1.      On Mount Moriah Abraham experienced God’s provision and received a clear vision.
2.      God’s provision is with His vision, so whenever we enjoy God’s provision, we have a vision in which we see God, and God sees us.
C.     Today God’s provision is in the church life, where we have the full provision with the clear vision.
D.     In the Lord’s recovery we are journeying upward to Mount Moriah, where we will offer our Isaac, enjoy God’s provision, and have a transparent vision.
 
IV.  After Isaac was offered, he was returned in resurrection for the fulfillment of God’s purpose—vv. 16-18; Heb. 11:17-19; Rom. 4:17:
Gen 22:16      And said, By Myself I have sworn, declares Jehovah: Because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son,
Gen 22:17      I will surely bless you and will greatly multiply your seed like the stars of the heavens and like the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.
Gen 22:18      And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.
Heb 11:17      By faith Abraham, being tested, offered up Isaac; indeed he who gladly received the promises was offering up his only begotten,
Heb 11:18      Of whom it was said, "In Isaac shall your seed be called";
Heb 11:19      Counting that God was able to raise men even from the dead, from which he also received him back in figure.
Rom 4:17       (As it is written, "I have appointed you a father of many nations") in the sight of God whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls the things not being as being.
A.     In receiving Isaac back, Abraham believed in and experienced God as the One who gives life to the dead—the God of resurrection—Heb. 11:17-19; Rom. 4:17; 2 Cor. 1:9.
Heb 11:17      By faith Abraham, being tested, offered up Isaac; indeed he who gladly received the promises was offering up his only begotten,
Heb 11:18      Of whom it was said, "In Isaac shall your seed be called";
Heb 11:19      Counting that God was able to raise men even from the dead, from which he also received him back in figure.
Rom 4:17       (As it is written, "I have appointed you a father of many nations") in the sight of God whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls the things not being as being.
2 Cor 1:9        Indeed we ourselves had the response of death in ourselves, that we should not base our confidence on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead;
B.     When Isaac was returned in resurrection, he was no longer a natural Isaac but a resurrected Isaac.
C.     After Isaac was offered, he was returned to Abraham in resurrection and became a blessing— Gen. 22:16-18.
Gen 22:16      And said, By Myself I have sworn, declares Jehovah: Because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son,
Gen 22:17      I will surely bless you and will greatly multiply your seed like the stars of the heavens and like the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.
Gen 22:18      And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.
D.     Everything in our life must pass through the supreme test of death to make a way for the God of resurrection— John 11:25; 2 Cor. 1:9.
John 11:25     Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes into Me, even if he should die, shall live;
2 Cor 1:9        Indeed we ourselves had the response of death in ourselves, that we should not base our confidence on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead;
E.      After we offer to God what we have received of Him, He will return it to us in resurrection—Heb. 11:17-19:
Heb 11:17      By faith Abraham, being tested, offered up Isaac; indeed he who gladly received the promises was offering up his only begotten,
Heb 11:18      Of whom it was said, "In Isaac shall your seed be called";
Heb 11:19      Counting that God was able to raise men even from the dead, from which he also received him back in figure.
1.      Every gift, spiritual blessing, work, and success that we have received of God must pass through death and eventually be brought back to us in resurrection.
2.      If we offer to God what we have received of Him and it passes through death, He will return it to us in resurrection, and it will become a blessing for the fulfillment of His purpose — Gen. 22:16-18.
Gen 22:16      And said, By Myself I have sworn, declares Jehovah: Because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son,
Gen 22:17      I will surely bless you and will greatly multiply your seed like the stars of the heavens and like the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.
Gen 22:18      And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.
3.      God’s blessing always comes in resurrection; if we offer our Isaac to God and he is returned to us in resurrection, we will be under God’s blessing.
 
V.   By being offered back to God by Abraham, Isaac was multiplied to become the New Jerusalem—vv. 16-18; Rom. 8:29; Rev. 21:2, 7:
Gen 22:16      And said, By Myself I have sworn, declares Jehovah: Because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son,
Gen 22:17      I will surely bless you and will greatly multiply your seed like the stars of the heavens and like the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.
Gen 22:18      And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.
Rom 8:29       Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
Rev 21:2        And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:7        He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be God to him, and he will be a son to Me.
A.     The New Jerusalem will be the ultimate consummation of Abraham’s seed—the sand and the stars—Gen. 22:16-18; Rom. 8:29; Rev. 21:2, 7:
Gen 22:16~18 (be omitted.)
Rom 8:29       (be omitted.)
Rev 21:2, 7    (be omitted.)
1.      In the New Jerusalem those represented by the twelve tribes are the sand, and those represented by the twelve apostles are the stars—vv. 12, 14.
Rev 21:12      It had a great and high wall and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names inscribed, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel:
Rev 21:14      And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
2.      The two peoples signified by the sand and the stars will be built together into the New Jerusalem.
B.     In Genesis 22 we see a basic principle —that the way to have God’s gift multiplied is to offer back to God what He has given to us:
Gen 22           (be omitted.)
1.      One Isaac, offered to God and returned in resurrection, became numberless stars and sand.
2.      If we offer our one grain to God and allow Him to put it to death, it will be returned to us in resurrection, and we will see multiplication under God’s blessing— John 12:24.
John 12:24     Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
 
VI.  Mount Moriah, the place of God’s choice, eventually became Mount Zion, the site of the temple and the center of the good land; in our spiritual experience Mount Moriah eventually becomes Mount Zion—Gen. 22:2, 14; 2 Chron. 3:1; Heb. 11:17-19; 12:22-23; Rev. 14:1-5:
Gen 22:2        And He said, Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.
Gen 22:14      And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh, as it is said to this day, On the mount of Jehovah it will be provided.
2 Chron 3:1    And Solomon began to build the house of Jehovah in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where He had appeared to David his father, at the place that David prepared, on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
Heb 11:17      By faith Abraham, being tested, offered up Isaac; indeed he who gladly received the promises was offering up his only begotten,
Heb 11:18      Of whom it was said, "In Isaac shall your seed be called";
Heb 11:19      Counting that God was able to raise men even from the dead, from which he also received him back in figure.
Heb 12:22      But you have come forward to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem; and to myriads of angels, to the universal gathering;
Heb 12:23      And to the church of the firstborn, who have been enrolled in the heavens; and to God, the Judge of all; and to the spirits of righteous men who have been made perfect;
Rev 14:1        And I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him a hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.
Rev 14:2        And I heard a voice out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder; and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harp-singers playing on their harps.
Rev 14:3        And they sing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the hundred and forty-four thousand, who have been purchased from the earth.
Rev 14:4        These are they who have not been defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are they who follow the Lamb wherever He may go. These were purchased from among men as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.
Rev 14:5        And in their mouth no lie was found; they are without blemish.
A.     Abraham was the first to worship God with the burnt offering on Mount Zion—v. 1.
Rev 14:1        And I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him a hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.
B.     Later, Abraham’s descendants, the children of Israel, were commanded by God to go three times a year to this place to worship God and there to offer to Him their burnt offerings— Deut. 16:16; Psa. 132:13.
Deut 16:16     Three times a year all your males shall appear before Jehovah your God in the place which He will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles. And they shall not appear before Jehovah empty-handed;
Psa 132:13     For Jehovah has chosen Zion; / He has desired it for His habitation.
C.     Today, Abraham’s spiritual descendants, the New Testament believers, are on Mount Zion—Heb. 12:22-23.
Heb 12:22      But you have come forward to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem; and to myriads of angels, to the universal gathering;
Heb 12:23      And to the church of the firstborn, who have been enrolled in the heavens; and to God, the Judge of all; and to the spirits of righteous men who have been made perfect;
D.     Eventually, we all will join Abraham to worship God on the eternal Mount Zion, the New Jerusalem; the entire New Jerusalem is Zion, the Holy of Holies, the place where God is—Rev. 14:1-5; 21:22.
Rev 14:1        And I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him a hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.
Rev 14:2        And I heard a voice out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder; and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harp-singers playing on their harps.
Rev 14:3        And they sing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the hundred and forty-four thousand, who have been purchased from the earth.
Rev 14:4        These are they who have not been defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are they who follow the Lamb wherever He may go. These were purchased from among men as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.
Rev 14:5        And in their mouth no lie was found; they are without blemish.
Rev 21:22      And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
E.      The Lord’s recovery is to build up Zion—the reality of the Body of Christ consummating in the New Jerusalem—14:1; Eph. 4:16; Rev. 21:2.
Rev 14:1        And I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him a hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.
Eph 4:16        Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
Rev 21:2        And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
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