11. My Powerful Vision on the Twelve Shewbread Loaves and the Twelve
Baskets of Barley Fragments
Jan. 11, 2008
"The Lord has shown me that precious souls are starving, and dying for want of the present, sealing truth, the meat in due season; and that the swift messengers should speed on their way, and feed the flock with the present truth. I heard an Angel say, 'Speed the swift messengers, speed the swift messengers; for the case of every soul will soon be decided, either for life, or for death.'" Review and Herald, September 1, 1849 (vol 1, p 11).
At 1:30 a.m., January 11, 2008, I experienced a most powerful vision that showed me the following matters of serious import for the bride of God's Army of Joel 2, and for making herself ready for His coming. The Lord showed me a powerful view of all of the following factors and their relation to one another. I felt a powerful compulsion to arise immediately and write this out for God's people.
The Lord showed me that Ellen White's statement of Christ's Object Lessons, 406, concerning the voice of God AND THE VOICE OF THE BRIDE, designate His bride, the 144,000, who awakens the ten brides maidens.
Rev 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
Joel 2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
"Lingering near [not at] the bride's house are ten young women robed in white. Each carries a lighted lamp and a small flagon for oil. All are anxiously watching for the appearance of the bridegroom. But there is a delay [since 1844]. Hour after hour passes the watchers become weary and fall asleep. At midnight the cry is heard, 'Behold, the bridegroom cometh go ye out to meet him.' The sleepers [all ten slept Matt. 25:5], suddenly awaking, spring to their feet. They see the procession moving on, bright with torches and glad with music. They hear the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride. The ten maidens seize their lamps and begin to trim them, in haste to go forth, But five have neglected to fill their flasks with oil [character]. They did not anticipate so long a delay, and they have not prepared for the emergence." E. G. White, Christ's Object Lessons, pp. 405, 406.
The voice of the bride that awakens all ten virgins [all slumbered and slept Matt. 25:5], then the bride is a separate entity, who is awake before the awakening of the 10 virgins. This is attested to in Isaiah 62:11, where the mother, Zion, says the same thing, in similar other words, to her daughter. Like the firstfruit crop of grain, the bride is ripened (readied) first.
The bride is made ready first:
Rev 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
I was shown the significance of the 12 baskets of fragments of the barley loaves.
1 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.
2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.
3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.
4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.
7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him,
9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.
The Lord has shown this writer in vision that the twelve baskets represent the literal twelve tribes of Israel, the literal 144,000 and the barley bride, the firstfruits bride, for barley was the first crop to ripen and harvest in the Middle East. Barley was waved as the wave sheaf unto the Lord, as the firstfruits of the harvest. Likewise, the Lord has shown me that His 144,000 strong bride is the firstfruits wave offering of righteousness unto Him. All the earth will see her (Zion's) righteousness, Isaiah 62.
The guests are the wheat, GC 427. If guests (wheat) they cannot be the bride (Barley firstfruits). The guests at the wedding feast are the brides maidens. The bridesmaids are not the bride and the bride is not the brides maidens. The bride is the leaders (pillars in the temple Rev. 3:10-12), and the guests are the people of God-the brides maidens. The firstfruits bride, awakens all ten of the bridesmaids at the Loud Cry, Christ's Object Lessons, 405-6. Once awakened, the guest brides maidens join in giving the call and they will be seed for fruit by being martyrs, for only the 144,000 are translated without seeing death.
"The marriage represents the reception by Christ of His kingdom. The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, which is the capital and representative of the kingdom, is called 'the bride, the Lamb's wife.' Said the angel to John: 'Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.' 'He carried me away in the spirit,' says the prophet, 'and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.' Revelation 21:9, 10. Clearly, then, the bride represents the Holy City, and the virgins that go out to meet the bridegroom are a symbol of the church [militant]. In the Revelation the people of God are said to be the guests at the marriage supper. Revelation 19:9. If guests, they cannot be represented also as the bride...He will receive the New Jerusalem, the capital of His kingdom, 'prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.'" E. G. White, The Great Controversy, 426, 427.
1Ch 28:16 And by weight [he gave] gold for the tables of shewbread, for every table; and [likewise] silver for the tables of silver: [All gold in the Sanctuary symbolized Christ]
Mat 12:4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?
Strongs #3899 for shewbread
Bread of the presence
The food of God
Those who eat of the table, they household [eg. The bread of heaven, the Word, the bread of Christ, His body]
To furnish a banquet [the marriage feast of the Lamb in honor of the bride]
Twelve small loaves which were set out in the holy tabernacle before Jehovah every week.
The Four Pillars. The gate of the sanctuary court was hung on four pillars, Ex. 27:16,--only four, no more, no less, with the command, "See that thou make it after the pattern," lest thou mar God's great plan. Why four? For the same reason that the vail, which represented His flesh, Heb. 10:20, was hung on four pillars, and for the same reason that when He tabernacles on earth, inspiration gave us His life in four gospels. As seven in the Bible indicates completeness and perfection, so the number four in the sanctuary, dictated by God, must have some divine significance. This number occurs in the four coverings, the four ingredients of the shewbread, the incense, the anointing oil, also in the fourth commandment and in other places, where it always points to Christ. As the number four points to Christ, so the multiples of four, 12, 24, 48, 60, 12,000, 144,000 are used to indicate special groups of His true followers. Continuing our study, we shall notice that this number, the number four, recurs frequently, and to the spiritual minded the promise is, "The Spirit of truth will guide you into all truth." John 16:13. The Path to the Throne of God, [The Sanctuary Service], by Sarah Elizabeth Peck, p. 41.
The Significance of the Shewbread [From: The Path to the Throne of God, by Sarah Elizabeth Peck]
"unworthily." I Cor. 11:28,29. A spiritual understanding of the sanctuary will help us to discern the Lord's body.
Fine Flour Bread. Not only as a whole, but in each of its "four" ingredients, the bread symbolized Christ. The fine flour of which it was made, was flour ground fine, all unevenness and all coarse particles removed. This represented Christ, who was made perfect through suffering. If we are to be like Him, we too, must pass through the grinding process--we must be refined, all coarseness and roughness removed from our lives. "In Jesus there was no unevenness. He was always even, always the same. In Him one day's walk never contradicted another, one hour's service never clashed with another. In Him every grace was in its perfectness, none in excess, none out of place, none wanting. In Him firmness never degenerated into obstinacy, or calmness into stoical indifference." Andrew Jukes, in The Law of the Offerings, p. 75.
Other Ingredients. The shewbread was a true meat offering, besides the fine flour, there was oil, salt, and water, but, like our communion bread, no leaven. Lev. 2:1,5,11,13. Oil symbolized Christ working through the Holy Spirit. "We receive Christ through His Word; and the Holy Spirit is given to open the Word of God to our understanding, and to bring home its truths to our hearts." MB 164.
Salt is a preservative, a symbol of incorruption. A reverent study of the Word will preserve the Christian Bible student from corrupt doctrines as well as corrupt manners. Salt is sometimes put on icy walks to keep people from slipping and falling, and the Word of God in our hearts will keep us from falling on the slippery paths of life. Salt is not only a preservative, it is also a symbol of perpetuity. "The Lord...gave the kingdom...to David forever...by a covenant of salt." II Chron. 13:5. It is also a symbol of wisdom: "Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man." Col. 4:6. It is a symbol of friendship and hospitality. Reference to this is made in Ezra 4:14, margin: "Because we are salted with the salt of the palace." And so the Christian is admonished, "Have salt in your selves, and have peace one with another." Mark 9:50. As we share our faith with others, we must do so with incorruption of mind and sincerity of heart. Our attitude must be one of friendship and hospitality, of peace and good will, and our speech "with grace"--never unkind or critical. It is when we mingle these graces with our efforts to give the Word to others, that we shall become "the salt of the earth." Matt. 5:13.
God's Word Cleanses. The water used in the bread represents the cleansing power of the Word of God. "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to Thy Word." Ps. 119:9. Jesus gave Himself for the church, "that He might...cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word." Eph. 5:26. "Now ye are clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you." John 15:3. Obedience to the Word of God cleanses and refines and ennobles our lives, and enables us to be true servants of God.
The Word Sanctifies. To sanctify is to make sacred and to set apart for a sacred use. Obedience to the Word of God, represented by the bread, sanctifies the soul. "Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy Word is truth." John 17:17. We are born again only of the incorruptible Word of God. I Peter 1:22, 23. It is by the Word that we become "partakers of the divine nature," II Peter 1:4. Its influence upon our lives destroys the carnal life, and imparts a new life--the life of Christ. The Word of God "is able to build up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified." Acts 20:32.
It is through the Word that we are made perfect. "All scripture...is profitable...for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect." II Tim. 3:16, 17. "Let those who would be sanctified, search the Word of God, with patience, with prayer, and with humble contrition of soul." R & H. [No further reference given].
Unless we eat, digest, and assimilate this bread of life, we can have no life in us, John 6:53, any more than we can live a physical life if we neglect physical food. We may drag along in a semi-starved condition for a time, but sooner or later life becomes extinct. This neglect is the first step toward going back to the beggarly elements of the world. "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." Hos. 4:6
Ron's Commentary: His Life, His Holy Spirit life and soul.
Frankincense on the Bread. "And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto the Lord." Lev. 24:7. This frankincense was the same as that burned daily on the golden altar. At the end of the week, it also was burned on the golden altar, "an offering made by fire unto the Lord." It represented the righteousness of Christ, which mingled with sincere prayer is given to those who eat the Bread of life "continually." It taught the lesson that "never should the Bible be studied without prayer." When the Bible is studied without prayer, we are told that Satan stands ready to suggest error, or belittle the sacredness of the Word. [Emboldened emphasis added]. The frankincense was on the bread "for a memorial," or as Moffatt has it, "a reminder to the Eternal"--a reminder that His righteousness is promised to all who give prayerful study to the Word.
Ron's Commentary: An offering of self-sacrifice by buying gold tried in the fire-faith that works by the indwelling righteousness and self-sacrificing love of Christ.
The "Continual" Bread. Of the type, Christ said, the bread was "before Me alway." Ex. 25:30. The table was never without it, therefore it is called the "continual" bread. Num. 4:7. Chosen ones of the Kohathites, a division of the Levites, prepared it every Sabbath, I Chron. 9:32, and at the beginning of each Sabbath, the "newly baked" bread was brought to an incoming priest who "set it in order" on the table "before the Lord." Lev.. 24:5-8; PP 348; Smith's Bible Dictionary [No further reference given]. Then the old bread was taken away, and eaten the following week by the outgoing priests "on behalf of the Israelites, to mark a lasting compact." Lev. 24:8, Moffatt. At the end of the week, whatever of the old bread remained, was burned on the brazen altar, "for it is most holy of the offerings of the Lord made by fire." Lev. 24:9. Does this not teach us that our study of the Bible should be constant, a daily partaking of the bread of life? Does it not teach us that during the week we are to eat and digest the holy bread continually?
This special Sabbath feast, together with daily and prayerfully partaking of the Living Bread, is the first essential to "growing up" into perfection of character. It is essential if we are to be kept from sin,--"Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee." Ps. 119:11. It is essential to sanctification--it is "most holy" unto the Lord. There is no substitute for earnest study of the Word; it is "fundamental;" it cannot be merely "supplemental," as Christ, the Word, was made flesh, John 1:1,14, so the Word of God in us must be made flesh. We must not only know the word, we must be the word.
Earnest Study Essential. Some Christians who have passed through a sincere court experience, know very little of the experience of growing up "unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." Eph. 4:13. They remain "babes," or at least dwarfs, in the Christian life. Why is this? All have equal access to the divine Word, but many neglect or ignore their privileges. Although the banquet is spread before them, they allow the cares of life or the deceitfulness of riches to choke the Word. At times they read the Bible as a Christian duty, but their hearts are on the trivial concerns of everyday life. They hear the word as it is preached from the sacred desk, but if falls on stony ground or among thorns; it does not take root, and soon withers away, or the thorns grow up and choke it, and it yields no fruit. As Paul says, they are "dull of hearing." He further says, although "ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk and not of strong meat. For everyone that useth milk is unskillful in the Word...for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them...who by reason of use (of the Word) have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." Heb. 5:11-14. Should not this be a challenge to all who have entered the holy place? If the Spirit of God discovers to us spiritual malnutrition, the surest remedy is an earnest study of the Word of God, which is our spiritual food.
The Scriptures a Safeguard. If the Bible is truly to be our "safeguard" through times of trouble, we must dig deep into its rich mine of truth, comparing scripture with scripture. In these closing hours of probation, we need to study more earnestly than ever before. Satan knows that the Bible, studied with heart and mind and soul, will be our "safeguard" during the perils of these last days; therefore it is his "constant study to keep the minds of men occupied with those things which will prevent them from obtaining the knowledge of God." V Test 740; See also GC 593. But if we improve our opportunities to gain a knowledge of the Bible, God will not leave us to the buffetings of the enemy. To those who hunger and thirst after righteousness the promise is that they shall be filled. Matt. 5:6. This promise, "set in the framework of faith" and "placed in memory's halls," will never fail. V Test 630. The channel of communication will be unobstructed. "Deep, earnest study of the Word under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, will give fresh manna, and the same Spirit will make its use effectual." VI Test 163. Then let us not depend on others to do our thinking for us, but let us sink the shaft deep into the treasures of His Word.
If our opportunities for education have been limited, how encouraging are these words: "The understanding of Bible truth depends not so much on the power of intellect brought to the search, as on the singleness of purpose, the earnest longing after righteousness." GC 599. "If he (the Christian) would have his powers and capabilities daily improved, he must study; he must eat and digest the Word...The soul that is nourished by the bread of life will have every faculty vitalized by the Spirit of God." VI Test 153. If in this spirit we daily feed upon the Word, Jesus will multiply it as He did the five loaves, so that not only shall we ourselves be filled, but through our efforts the multitudes also will eat and be filled. Mark 6:35-44; John 6:9-13.
Bread of His Presence. Shewbread literally means "bread of the face" or "bread of the presence." "The bread of the face," says Smith's Bible Dictionary, "is therefore that bread through which God is seen; that is, through the participation of which man attains the sight of God. Whence it follows that we have not to think of bread as such, as the means of nourishing the bodily life, but as spiritual food, as a means of appropriating and retaining that life which consists in seeing the face of God." "The shewbread pointed to Christ, the living Bread, who is ever in the presence of God for us." PP 354. Now, by faith we see His face through His Word, but when type reaches antitype, the promise is we shall see His face and His name shall be in our foreheads. Rev. 22:4.
Moses Built an Altar and Twelve Pillars According to the Twelve Tribes of Israel
Pillars as a Symbol. Exodus 24:3-8 gives us a key to the significance of pillars. After Israel had unanimously covenanted to obey all the words of the Lord that Moses read to them from the book where they were written, he took with him a few representative people and solemnly ratified the agreement by building an altar and twelve pillars, "according to the twelve tribes of Israel." Ex. 24:1, 4. This shows that pillars sometimes represent God's obedient children. In Revelation 3:10 we read "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God." The Path to the Throne of God, Sarah Elizabeth Peck, p. 46.
The twelve pillars represent the 144,000--twelve-thousand from each of the twelve tribes. They are obedient and without guile. Only the 144, 000 enter the Temple, and they are made pillars, leaders, lesser priests in the Temple. Christ, of course, is the high priest. The 144,000 are distinguished from the great multitude by Ellen White, when she said that only the 144,000 are permitted to enter the Temple on Mt. Zion, Early Writings, p. 19.
Ellen White says that we would do well to celebrate the feasts of harvests--the feast of unleavened bread, for that feast is yet to be fulfilled in the final harvest of the barley bride and the wheat, the bride and the guests respectively.
"The Passover was followed by the seven days' feast of unleavened bread. On the second day of the feast, the first fruits of the year's harvest, a sheaf of barley, was presented before the Lord. All the ceremonies of the feast were types of the work of Christ. The deliverance of Israel from Egypt was an object lesson of redemption, which the Passover was intended to keep in memory. The slain lamb, the unleavened bread, the sheaf of first fruits, represented the Saviour.
With most of the people in the days of Christ, the observance of this feast had degenerated into formalism. But what was its significance to the Son of God!"
The firstfruits offering was a sheaf of barley. It represented Christ as the firstfruits risen from the dead as regards the harvest connected with Matthew 22 and 25. The bride of Christ, the 144,000 are firstfruits in the sense that they are second, third, fourth, etc., etc. to Christ. That is why Revelation 14:1-4 refers to them as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. So the bride is symbolized by barley and not wheat, and that is just another of a long list of distinctions between the bride and the guests.
Revelation Chapter 14
1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
God bless and may His bride make herself ready soon is my prayer,