The Grand Plan (part 5)

The Two Kingdoms

The rebels have corrupted the earth, the earth created by the Elohim. The Elohim pronounced this creation “good”. The rebellious spirit beings have interposed their authority over humankind, those who have been and are being deceived; they have appropriating the authority of their own Creator.

How did you come to fall from the heavens, Daystar, son of Dawn? How did you come to be thrown to the ground, you who enslaved the nations? You who used to think to yourself, “I will climb up to the heavens; and higher than the stars of God I will set my throne. I will sit on the Mount of Assembly in the recesses of the north. I will climb to the top of thunderclouds, I will rival the Most High.” What! Now you have fallen to Sheol to the very bottom of the abyss! Isaiah 14:12-15 (JB)

Son of man raise a dirge over the king of Tyre Say to him, “The Lord Yahweh says this: You were once an exemplar of perfection, full of wisdom, perfect in beauty; you were in Eden, in the garden of God. A thousand gems formed your mantle. Sard, topaz, diamond, chrysolite, onyx, jasper, sapphire, carbuncle, emerald, the gold of which your flutes and tambourines are made, all were prepared on the day of your creation. I had provided you with a guardian cherub; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked amid red-hot coals. Your behavior was exemplary from the day of your creation until the day when evil was first found in you. Your busy trading has filled you with violence and sin. I have thrown you down from the mountain of God, and the guardian cherub has destroyed you from amid the coals. Your heart has grown swollen with pride on account of your beauty. You have corrupted your wisdom owing to your splendor. I have thrown you to the ground; I have made you a spectacle for other kings. By the immense number of your sins, by the dishonesty of your trading, you have defiled your sanctuaries. I have brought fire out of you to consume you. I have made you ashes on the ground before the eyes of all who saw you. Of the nations, all who know you are lost in amazement over you. You are an object of terror; gone for ever. Ezekiel 28:12-19 (JB)

The bringer of light/knowledge (Lucifer) had made himself the god of this world, and through the power of his lies he subjugated the people of earth to his authority, imposing his will upon them. The ethnic groups Elohim had created (Gen. 1:26-27) were now divided up between the rebel leaders. These rebels presented themselves as the creator gods, teaching their lies to the progenitors of the Egyptians, Sumerians, Mayans, Aztecs, Assyrians, and all the other ancient cultures. To blur the line between lies and truth these beings “tweaked” the truth with clever fabrications thus making them quite believable. Those who choose not to believe the truth use these ingenious lies to attack the truth, or call it into question.
The Elohim do not, nor will ever rule a corrupt kingdom. The Elohim will never share authority with corrupt beings. The Elohim use a just and righteous process that will culminate with the cleansing of this earth once more, this time they will cleanse with fire. The Elohim is just and righteous in all their actions, always following due process of their own laws. The evil beings deceived the nations and subdued them by causing them to submit to their authority. The nations obeyed these criminals because they did not have evidence to contest these claims. At this point in time the Elohim no longer ruled the nations, though they will always own their creation; they refuse to rule any kingdom operating under corrupt practices. This describes the beginning of the kingdom of the world, the kingdom of darkness. The ruler of the kingdom of darkness is identified as the “prince of darkness”, that “ancient serpent”, the devil, and Satan, “who has deceived the whole world (see Revelation 12:9). This murderous felon and his co-conspirators continue to use their cunningly designed fables and subterfuge in order to deceive society today. And these deceptions have reached a fevered pitch because these debauched criminals know their day of judgment is very near; the day when they must pay in full for all the wickedness they began.
The extent of involvement of the Elohim in the processes of the world are limited by the condition of character of each person who interacts with them. This means that those who are practicing a method of the understanding of truth that is unconsciously based upon lies but are trying to live up to the spiritual principle of “love the Lord thy God with all your heart, mind, and strength, and your neighbor as yourself” may yet receive Elohim’s offered responses. What is clear though is that Elohim requires all who are serious about worshiping and serving them must come to know them. And the way to this knowing is not the way of darkness; lies are the path of darkness. The Elohim have patiently waited for someone to come to this awareness; that is, the understanding of what the Elohim require. This path or way may be found through the following process; first ask for truth, then seek the truth, then learn the truth, and then demonstrate the truth (Matthew 7:7-9 and John 8:31-32). The first step in this process is by far the most difficult, because it requires an acknowledgement that what you believe may in fact be based in lies. Remember this, everyone on earth today is practicing a lie with regard to their spiritual/religious performance. So how do you response to this statement? Twenty-three years ago my response was, “I am not!”. I have found that there are two qualities everyone must have before they will be able to recognize the truth; first, they must be totally and brutally honest with themselves, and second, be willing to set aside their closely held beliefs in order to allow a truthful investigation of information to take place.
The Son of God came in the flesh to testify to the truth, the truth about God. But even among His chosen twelve disciples there was skepticism and doubt. The testimony of the Son of God is the “Good News/Gospel of the kingdom”.

He went round the whole of Galilee teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness among the people. Matthew 4:23 (JB)
This Good News of the kingdom will be proclaimed to the whole world as a witness to all the nations. And then the end will come.
Matthew 24:14 (JB)

The disciples were being prepared to continue the testimony of the Son of God (Gospel of the kingdom) after He departure. He gave them the truth and appointed them to take His testimony, or good news of the kingdom of Elohim, to all nations. The evil one could not allow this to manifest into reality because his very life depended upon maintaining the darkness throughout the whole earth. The evil one knew very well that if Elohim ever accomplished the reality of His kingdom the end of days would soon follow. And then would come the final judgment with the execution of all those who are not righteous.
The ingenious ‘Serpent’ had a masterful plan to continue the darkness of deception no matter the fact that the Son of God had already come and testified in the flesh, and personally brought the truth to the world. The devil knew that if you give people what they want and make it believable they will certainly embrace it.
The evil one flooded the nations with differing spiritual identities. All these spiritual practices revolved around a central philosophy-Gnosticism.
Gnosticism: the thought and practice esp. of various cults of late pre-Christian and early Christian centuries, distinguished by the conviction that matter is evil and that emancipation comes through gnosis.
Gnosis: knowledge; esoteric knowledge of spiritual truth held by the ancient Gnostics to be essential to salvation.
Simply, Gnosticism is the belief that the flesh (matter) is evil, and spirit (divine knowledge) is perfect/righteous. This means that a spirit without a body of flesh is perfection. The doctrine was the basis of all ancient spiritual practices in the “civilized” world. This includes, but was not limited to paganism, Hinduism, Shintoism, and Buddhism. There were many Christo-Gnostic cults that flourished in the first and second centuries in the common era, but the one that ultimately became the standard of Christian practice was the teaching of Saul of Tarsus, who went by another name, Paul. I have written articles and a book, and given study presentations demonstrating the contradictions contained in Pauline teaching setting clearly in opposition to the testimony of the Son of God. Most have ignored me, or condemned me, telling I am gravely mistaken, and walk away.
The “Gospel of Grace” is the cornerstone of Christian teaching and belief. Saul/Paul is the “apostle” who teaches grace gifted righteousness. something the Son of God never taught. Paul says that his teaching was designed for pagans/non-Jews as a post resurrection salvation.

In fact, this seems to be the rule, that every single time I want to do good it is something evil that comes to hand. In my inmost self (spirit) I dearly love God’s Law, but I can see that my body (flesh) follows a different law (evil) that battles against the law which my reason (knowledge) dictates. This is what makes me a prisoner (gnostic teaching that divine righteousness is imprisoned by a body of flesh and remains a prisoner until death of the body when it will be released) of that law of sin which lives inside my body. Romans 7:21-23 (JB)

Paul teaches that to have life you must die in order to be released from the sin in the body of flesh. Many times I have been “informed” that Paul truly believed what he was teaching, and that God Himself had given him this information, and that he (Paul) had been put to death for this teaching. The bottom line on Paul is this; does his “gospel” perfectly match the testimony of the Son of God? The answer is this, absolutely not (see second John).
The evil one had succeeded again by giving people what they want to be true, and clothing it with believability. There is an apt description of this given by the Master Teacher.

Beware of false prophets who come to you disguised as sheep but underneath are ravenous wolves. Matthew 7:15 (JB)

All I command you, you must keep and observe, adding nothing to it, taking nothing away. ‘If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and offers to do a sign or a wonder for you, and the sign or wonder comes about; and if he then says to you, “Come, then let us follow other gods (whom you have not known) and serve them”, you are not to listen to the words of that prophet or to the dreams of that dreamer. Yahweh you God is testing you to know if you love Yahweh your God with all your heart and all your soul. Yahweh your God you shall follow, Him you shall fear, His commandments you shall keep, His voice you shall obey, Him shall you serve, to Him shall you cling. Deuteronomy 13:1-4 (JB)

I know all about you: how hard you work and how much you put up with. I know you cannot stand wicked men, and how you tested the impostors who called themselves apostles and proved they were liars. Revelation 2:2 (JB)

God has not yet completed the first requirement for restoration, which is the establishment of a kingdom of the righteous. But according to the Son of Elohim, they will. It begins with one person who is likened to the prophet Elijah (see Matthew 17:9-13). This person will promote the testimony of the Son of God, and the Law and the Prophets, above all other corpus of information (Rev. 12:17). This will finally accomplish the kingdom requirement.
The ‘kingdom of the heavens’ and the ‘kingdom of God/Elohim’ are are two terms which describe the heavenly kingdom. The “Kingdom of the Heavens” is this kingdom in transition. Those that are in this kingdom have accepted the invitation to attend the marriage feast, but must first meet all the demands of righteousness (see Matthew 3:13-15). This process includes cleansing, both by water and fire. The Son of God demonstrated this process in action. The Son of God implied in His response to John the Baptist, that righteousness has certain demands, and the water baptism is the first step. Righteousness is the condition which allows entrance into the kingdom of Elohim. Elohim accomplished this with the children of Israel when they led them through the water (on dry land) of the Red Sea. John the Baptist proclaimed this process, possibly not knowing it exactly, in his sermons.

I baptize you in water for repentance, but the one who follows me is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to carry His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Matthew 3:11 (JB)

The next requirement of righteousness is to learn the truth. The testimony of the Son of Man/Son of Elohim is the standard of this truth. We must learn His testimony and put it into practice in our lives. When we make a commitment to learn the testimony of Jesus the Holy Spirit will be our Teacher and lead us into all truth. The truth will cleanse us from all sin; and this is sanctification/consecration, the fire cleansing. After all is said and done when Elohim sits upon the great white throne to judge the life of all humanity on earth, those who refused the fire cleansing offered by the Holy Spirit will be consumed by fire in the second death. The last demand of righteousness is a spoken promise, a promise to obey the Elohim to keep the words of the testimony (Ten Commandments). They must honor the sacred seventh day and keep it holy. Then will those consecrated ones enter into the kingdom of righteousness, and eternal life. This has been the Elohim’s plan all along. These are righteous in fact, not in faith. There is no lie in them. They act with honesty and integrity. Thus prepared, this kingdom sets about the task of proclaiming the testimony of truth to humanity.

The History and Future of the Kingdom of Elohim

(Read Isiah 5:1-13 and Matthew 21:33-46)

Elohim has made known the plan of restoration, which goes as follows: Elohim uses a messenger/prophet to issue an open invitation to all who are interested in entering their kingdom. This invitation includes all the requirements for gaining admission. Elohim invited the children of Israel twice, and both times the invitation was ignored. Elohim withdrew the offer from the children of Israel, and then invited all humanity, both good and bad.

Again the kingdom of the heavens is like a dragnet cast into the sea that brings in a haul of all kinds. When it is full, the fishermen haul it ashore; then, sitting down they collect the good ones in a basket and throw away those that are no use. This is how it will be at the end of time: the angels will appear and separate the wicked from the just to throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. Matthew 13:47-50 (JB)

Here is my understanding of this parable. The Kingdom of the Heavens is a transitional kingdom, moving from being the kingdom of the world to becoming the kingdom of Elohim, as explained previously. This parable/prophecy involves only this kingdom, and this kingdom is not identified as the bride. What this means is that the invitation is offered only to the guests that will attend the marriage of the Son of Elohim. A bride is never invited to attend her own wedding, she is not an invited guest. She is the reason the invitations are presented, it is for her wedding. Therefore, the kingdom of Elohim is not (cannot be) the bride, they are the family and guests. In fact, they are actually the servants of the Bridegroom and the bridesmaids. The servants of the Bridegroom are told when to notify the bridesmaids that the Bridegroom is on his way to take His bride to His Father’s house for the wedding. This parable does not directly concern the bride, who is not mentioned in the parable/prophecy; it is only for those who are tasked with ensuring that she is ready to meet her Bridegroom.
When compared with the parable of the wedding feast the intended meaning of this parable becomes clear.
So these servants went out on to the roads and collected together everyone they could find, bad and good alike; and the wedding hall was filled with guests. When the king came in to look at the guests he noticed one man who was not wearing a wedding garment, and said to him, “How did you get in here, my friend, without a wedding garment?” And the man was silent. Then the king said to the attendants, “Bind him hand and foot and throw him out into the dark, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.” For many are called, but few are chosen.’ Matthew 22:10-14 (JB)
The invitation is offered to all, both good and bad. The dragnet caught all kinds of fish, good (clean) and bad (unclean). The guest without the required robe had received the same invitation with the same words as had those who had the wedding garment. Those with the wedding garment had followed exactly the instructions in the invitation, and were made clean by the process of sanctification. The naked guest had not followed those instructons. The bad (unclean) fish were not thrown back, they were thrown away and burned up.
Elohim has given instructions to those who have answered the invitation. The book of the Revelation contains the instructions for the preparation of the bride of the Lamb. This book also contains the instructions for the final preparation of the kingdom of Elohim. At the beginning of Revelation is the purpose for this prophecy given:

This is the revelation given by God to Jesus Christ so that He could tell His servants about the things which are now to take place very soon; He sent His angel to make it known to His servant John, and John has written down everything he saw and swears it is the word of God guaranteed by Jesus Christ. Happy the man who reads this prophecy, and happy those who listen to him, if they treasure all that it says, because the time is close.
Revelation 1:1-3 (JB)

When asked ‘what or who is revealed in this book?’, most people will answer; Jesus. But that is not what the verse actually says. The true understanding is that this is a revelation given to the Son of God, Jesus Christ, by His Father; information that He said He did not know while He was here on earth:

But as for that day and hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, no one but the Father only. Matthew 24:36 (JB)

In the culture of that day (when the Son of Man was physically on the earth) there was a specific process leading up to the wedding day. After the proposal was accepted by the bride and authorized by her father, the bridegroom would go to his house and make the necessary preparations (see John 14:1-3). These preparations included the addition of a room/rooms to the family house. The completion of these preparations did not determine the time of the wedding, because only the father of the bridegroom did this. This is why the Son said ‘no one knows the day or hour’ (of the wedding). What is clear is that the father would make this information known to his son because if he did not there would never be a wedding. At the time the Son gave this information to His disciples He had not been told the date of the wedding, as this would only occur after He returned home to make the necessary preparations. This is the revelation He received from His Father concerned His wedding day; therefore, the servants of the Bridegroom must be informed (by the bridegroom) so they can go inform the bridesmaids, who will then prepare the bride to meet her Bridegroom (see Revelation 19:7-8).
The kingdom of Elohim contains two groups. One group is the priests; they serve Elohim and work to prepare the kingdom for service. The other group are the tribes of the kingdom. Initially these were named according to the twelve sons of Jacob/Israel, but were never completed. The requirement to enter the kingdom was never accomplished, so the spiritual tribes were left incomplete. The kingdom of the heavens (wise and foolish bridesmaids) are in process (kingdom of the heavens), so they are identified as the twelve tribes. Only those who are wise will remain in their identified tribal name, the foolish will be too late to enter. The 144,000 are set-apart from these spiritual tribal groups (see Revelation 7:4-8). The 144,000 are the priests, and the bridesmaids are the kingdom of the heavens. The kingdom of the heavens has, and is, represented by a lamp stand (light source). In Revelation chapter one, the lamp stand is the symbolic representation of the kingdom of the heavens. There are seven lamp stands and seven messages. Each message concerns various characteristics of the kingdom of the heavens. Remember the kingdom of the heavens is the kingdom of Elohim in transition; transition from the world to the heavens. They become a kingdom in the world, but not of the world.
Before the end of the 2,300 evenings and mornings (2,300 years) and the time when the kingdom responsibility was withdrawn from the Jews, Elohim did not have a people on earth with a commission to perfect a condition of righteousness. When those represented as the bridesmaids went out to meet the Bridegroom, and He did not come as expected, they are identified as the kingdom of the heavens.

Then (at that time) the kingdom of the heavens will be like this: Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the Bridegroom. Matthew 25:1 (JB)


I heard a holy one speaking, and another who said to the speaker. ‘How long is this vision to be-of perpetual sacrifice, disastrous iniquity, of sanctuary and army trampled underfoot?’ The first replied, ‘Until two thousand three hundred evenings and mornings have gone by: then the sanctuary shall have its rights restored’.
Daniel 8:13-14 (JB)

The sanctuary/temple on earth no longer exists. The only one that continues to function to this day is the one in the heavens. The process of sanctification is carried out and accomplished through this sanctuary. I sometimes refer to the sanctuary as the sanctitorium, the place where the process of sanctification takes place.
The kingdom of the heavens is a kingdom in the process of sanctification/consecration. Therefore, the restoration of the processes of the sanctuary would begin when there is a kingdom in transition to holiness. The 2,300 years ended in the 1843-44 CE timeframe, and a people did go out to meet the Bridegroom, who did not come. This group was called Adventists, because they believed the second advent of Christ would come at the specified time. Today their name is Seventh-day Adventists, because they recognize the seventh day Sabbath, and hold to the promise of the second advent. They would appear to have a name that is alive, but sadly, they are near death spiritually. This is a result of the successful work of the evil one. They believe in the message of the devil’s apostle and hold to the testimony of a false prophetess, Ellen G. White. Interestingly all this is addressed in the messages to the seven assemblies (churches) in Revelation chapters 2 and 3.
Some believe that these seven messages concern the time from the great commission to the present, but that is not possible. Remember, Elohim did not have a kingdom until the sanctuary began conducting its processes again, this began in 1843-44 CE, which means the messages would not apply until there was actually a kingdom of the heavens on earth. Each one of the messages is directed to one of the assemblies. Each assembly is represented by a lamp stand. The lamp stand is the symbol of the kingdom of the heavens; therefore, the seven messages would not have purpose until there was a kingdom of the heavens to receive them.
Remember also that the book of the Revelation contains the instructions for the preparation of the bride of the Lamb. Only those who actually are involved in that preparation need the instructions that are required to insure that the bride is ready when He arrives. Another proof that the information in Revelation applies to the last generation, other than “because the time is near”, are the last verses;
This is My solemn warning to all who hear the prophecies in this book: if anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him every plague mentioned in the book; if anyone cuts anything out of the prophecies in this book, God will cut off his share of the tree of life and of the holy city, which are described in the book. Revelation 22:18-19 (JB)
Truly Elohim will not raise anyone from the dead to go through the plagues mentioned in Revelation. I have had many individuals inform me that the “book” mentioned here is the Bible, but that is not possible for two reasons; first, the Bible did not exist when Revelation was written. Second, to think that God will resurrect those who have added or taken away from the prophecies in Revelation would itself be adding something that is not in Revelation. This warning applies only to those that are alive on earth during the last generation, those who attempt to edit the things written in this book; they will live to experience its full reality.
Now, today, the faithful and wise bond-servant is feeding his fellow bond-servants their food, because the time for this to occur has come. The kingdom of the heavens has been asleep for a very long time. They are in grave danger of slipping into the sleep of spiritual death. The Bridegroom will come as unexpected as a thief at night, and will remove their lamp stand if no one is ready. The “Head of the House”, the one placed over his fellow bond-servants, will be at work with the expectation that the kingdom can be awakened and prepared in time. There is information to indicate that this is the case, which will be explored in part 6.

Rick Sterling

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