“Who Are The Levites” – Part 2


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The Levites spiritually are “the people of Israel,”  who are given to the priesthood,  “the Lord, and… his Christ,” to help minister to the priesthood , but who cannot handle the vessels of service. Levi is those who “have no right to eat at our altar” who slew our Lord. It is that same spirit, to this day which is even now slaying God’s elect.
But who is it that has slain the Lord? Was it the Jew? Was it the Romans? Was it all those sinners who are going to the lake of fire? Who is accountable fore the death of our Lord?  

Rom 4:25  Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

So once again we are forced back to the fact that: 

Mat 4:4  But he [ Christ] answered [ the Adversary] and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

And those words of Mat 4:4 are the answer to the arguments of the Adversary, that parts of God’s Word have no personal application. Those words are the key to understanding that “the kingdom of God is within you:”  

Luk 17:20  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Luk 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

When we understand that we live by every Word of God then we understand that the parables are about the mysteries of that kingdom:

Mat 13:10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given

To whom is it “not given to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God? Do these words not apply to God’s elect?

Mat 16:11  How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
Mar 8:21  And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?

Mar 9:32  But they [ Christ’s apostles] understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.
Mar 13:14  But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
Luk 9:45  But they understood no t this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not [ Christ’s apostles]: and they feared to ask him of that saying.
Joh 12:16  These things understood not his disciples at the firs t: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

“Blessed are your eyes for they see and your ears for they hear” (Mt. 13) is one of those “things that are not as though they were” statements when it was first spoken by our Lord.

Mat 13:16  But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
Rom 4:17  (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, [ even] God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

The night before Christ’s apostles all forsook Him He made this statement about His apostles:

Joh 17:6  I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

Christ knew that even His apostles had to “live by every word which proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” But Peter, like so many of us, did not yet understand this principle:

Joh 13:33  Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.
Joh 13:34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
Joh 13:35  By this shall all [ men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Joh 13:36  Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now ; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.
Joh 13:37  Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.
Joh 13:38  Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

“As I said unto the Jews?” That is right, the words to the children of wrath are first for us… “as I said unto the Jews… you cannot follow me now.”
“You cannot follow me now”  is first true of God’s elect. Only later do the unbelievers come to see that it is also true of them.  
Remember, Leah was Jacob’s reward for his efforts just as her association with Jacob was was the reward for her efforts. Neither typify faith in God’s sovereign work.  

Gen 29:34  And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, [ Hebrew- lavahbecause I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.
Gen 49:1  And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.
Gen 49:2  Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.
Gen 49:5  Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.
Gen 49:6  O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united : for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.
Gen 49:7  Cursed [ be] their anger, for [ it was] fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.

“Come not into their… assembly… be not united” with them, is our call to “come out of Babylon… and be ye separate.” And this call is being given in Genesis for “the last days” (Gen. 49:1).  

2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
Rev 18:4  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her [ last] plagues.

This is what separates the priests from the Levites. The priests are faithful to God’s Word and will not partake of the idols of the Levites who “cannot come near the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar.” If they do come near the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar then both the Levites and the priests will die.
How the Levites serve the priesthood 

Num 18:2  And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee shall minister before the tabernacle of witness.
Num 18:3  And they shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle: only they shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also, die.
Num 18:4  And they shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come nigh unto you.
Num 18:5  And ye [ the priesthood] shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the altar: that there be no wrath any more upon the children of Israel.
Num 18:6  And I, behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel: to you they are given as a gift for the LORD, to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.

How does Levi “do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation?” Does Levi willingly serve the priesthood? Why are the priests told “only they shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar?” What are “the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar?” We are not left to guess what these things all foreshadow:

Heb 13:9  Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein .
Heb 13:10  We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

How does this serve or “keep the charge of all of the tabernacle?” This is how Levi “does the service of the tabernacle of the congregation:”

Rom 11:11  I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

Rom 11:30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

The fall from grace suffered by the multitudes of Christians, the withstanding of God’s Word by the Korah’s, the betrayal of Judas, and in this case the failure of Levi, all serve to keep Levi from eating before the golden altar of incense, and yet ‘Levi’ performs an incredible “service [ to] the tabernacle.”  

Heb 13:10  We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
Mal 2:4  And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
Mal 2:5  My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.
Mal 2:6  The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.
Mal 2:7  For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
Mal 2:8  But ye [ Levi] are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
Mal 2:9  Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.

The Levites spiritually are ” the people of Israel,”  who are given to the priesthood,  “the Lord, and… his Christ,” to help minister to the priesthood , but who cannot handle the vessels of service. Levi is those who “have no right to eat at our altar.”  Levi is those who slew our Lord. It is that same spirit, to this day which is even now slaying God’s elect.

Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Mat 13:13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Mat 13:34  All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:

God does not speak without parables. His entire word is a parable. Every story in the Bible is a parable for those who see and understand the purpose for parables.“Without a parable spake he not unto them:”

But add those verses in Mat 13 to this verse to get “the sum of God’s Word concerning “the mysteries of the kingdom of God:”

Luk 17:20  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Luk 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Knowing this let us now ask, who is it that has slain the Lord? Was it the Jews? Was it the Romans? Was it all those sinners who are going to the lake of fire? Who is accountable fore the death of our Lord? Who has been “carried about by different and strange doctrines?” Who has served the tabernacle and yet had no right to eat at the altar in the holy place? Where is it that the wheat and the tare grow together until the harvest? Who is it who has “dealt shamefully with the servants of the man who planted a vineyard and let it out to husbandmen?” Who is it who has said “let’s slay His Son and seize His inheritance?” Are all of these parables someone else and somewhere else outside of you?
I watched John Hagee talking about the book of Revelation and saying all the things, saying everything that I myself believed and taught just yesterday. So Levi is Mike Vinson before his destruction and his “baptism of fire.” Joined to, but unable to eat the food of the priests.

Mat 3:11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and [ with] fire:
Luk 12:49  I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Levi is joined to and opposes God’s priesthood. It is this opposition to “the doctrine of Jesus Christ, which serves God’s priesthood. It is being “carried about by different and strange doctrines” which keep those who “serve the tabernacle” from “eating at our altar.” It is “another gospel, another spirit and another Jesus” which separates the Levites from the priests.
Who is this: 

2Jn 1:10  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

Who is this:

Tit 3:9  But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
Tit 3:10  A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
Tit 3:11  Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

Who is this: 

1Co 11:19  For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

And this:

2Co 11:4  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 2Co 11:5  For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.
 2Co 11:6  But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.

And all of these verses: 

1Ti 6:3  If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
1Ti 6:4  He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
1Ti 6:5  Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

Whose is this “men of corrupt minds?”

2Jn 1:7  For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. [ physically and spiritually, he who denies either is antichrist]
2Jn 1:8  Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
2Jn 1:9  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
2Jn 1:10  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your [ spiritual] house, neither bid him God speed:
2Jn 1:11  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Who is guilty of these accusations?

1Ti 4:1  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
1Ti 4:2  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron

Is there even one verse here which has not at one time applied to me and to you? No, there is not one verse. As the apostle Paul said of Himself “I am the chief of sinners.”

1Ti 1:15  This [ is] a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

So once again we are forced back to the fact that: 

Mat 4:4  But he [ Christ] answered [ the Adversary] and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

And those words are the answer to the arguments of the Adversary, that parts of God’s Word have no personal application, to this day. Those words of Mt. 4:4 are the key to understanding that “the kingdom of God is within you:”  

Luk 17:20  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Luk 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

When we understand that we live by every Word of God then we understand that the parables are about the mysteries of that kingdom which is “within you:”

Mat 13:10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given

To whom is it “not given to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God?” Do these words not apply to God’s elect? Oh but they do apply to God’s elect in their appointed time. All of these verses are addressed to Christ’s apostles.

Mat 16:11  How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
Mar 8:21  And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?

Mar 9:32  But they [ Christ’s apostles] understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.
Mar 13:14  But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
Luk 9:45  But they understood no t this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not [ Christ’s apostles]: and they feared to ask him of that saying.
Joh 12:16  These things understood not his disciples at the firs t: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

“Blessed are your eyes for they see and your ears for they hear” (Mt. 13) is one of those “things that are not as though they were” statements when it was first spoken by our Lord.

Mat 13:16  But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
Rom 4:17  (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, [ even] God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

The night before Christ’s apostles all forsook Him He made this statement about His apostles:

Joh 17:6  I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

“As I said unto the Jews…” Christ knew that even His apostles had to “live by every word which proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” But Peter, like so many of us, did not yet understand this principle:

Joh 13:33  Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.
Joh 13:34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
Joh 13:35  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Joh 13:36  Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now ; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.
Joh 13:37  Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.
Joh 13:38  Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

“As I said unto the Jews?” That is right, the words to the children of wrath are first for us… “ as I said unto the Jews… you cannot follow me now.”
“You cannot follow me now”  is first true of God’s elect. Only later do the rest of the unbelievers come to see that it is also true of them.
Even these verses are first lived. Then, afterward, they are understood .  

1Jn 3:15  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
Rev 11:8  And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

We look “behind us” to see this revelation of Jesus Christ:

Rev 1:10  I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 
Rev 1:11  Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Rev 1:12  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

We are in “the seven churches” before we are the seven angels in Christ’s right hand. We are joined to and associated with Babylon before we can “come out of her.” So too are we ‘Levites’ who are ‘associated with Him’ and “joined to Him” before we are made “kings and priests” who will “rule this world… and angels.”

1Co 6:2  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 1Co 6:3  Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

The Levites are those who are “joined with” God’s elect as Leah was associated with and joined to Jacob. Esau before Leah, was “joined with” Jacob. The parable of the workers in the vineyard who all get paid the same but at different times, portrays who are today’s spiritual Levites who are not priests. We see that Aaron’s sons were born of Aaron and we forget that Aaron had to be called out of Levi. Likewise we read of the disgruntled “laborers in His vineyard” and forget that this is us before we come to see how one becomes a laborer who is “content with His wages.”

Mat 20:1  For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man [ that is] an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
Mat 20:2  And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
Mat 20:3  And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
Mat 20:4  And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
Mat 20:5  Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
Mat 20:6  And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?
Mat 20:7  They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, [ that] shall ye receive.
Mat 20:8  So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.
Mat 20:9  And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
Mat 20:10  But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
Mat 20:11  And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,
Mat 20:12  Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
Mat 20:13  But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?
Mat 20:14  Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.
Mat 20:15  Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
Mat 20:16  So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

The most prominent ‘murmurer’ of all time was a Levite named Korah, who convinced all the leaders of Israel to murmur with him.

Num 16:1  Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took [ men]:
Num 16:2  And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:
Num 16:3  And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, [ Ye take] too much upon you, seeing all the congregation [ are] holy, every one of them, and the LORD [ is] among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

These are all spiritual Levites who are not priests. These are the workers in the vineyard who were hired first and have worked all day and get paid the same as those who were hired last but they get paid last. These are those who hate God’s favored elect.
Who is it that hates God’s elect? If these verses are to have any significance or relevance to me and to you, then it is me and it is you. God’s elect at one time all, in their appointed time, hate God’s elect.

Eph 2:1  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience :
Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Who “were by nature the children of wrath, even as other?” What says the word of God? It was, in their appointed time, God’s own elect.
Our final scripture revealing who are the Levites spiritually is Roman 11:

Rom 11:1  I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
Rom 11:2  God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew . Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,
Rom 11:3  Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
Rom 11:4  But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
Rom 11:5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
Rom 11:6  And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
Rom 11:7  What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
Rom 11:8  (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
Rom 11:9  And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:
Rom 11:10  Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.
Rom 11:11  I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

Who has fallen first? God’s own elect are the first to deny Him:

Rev 2:4  Nevertheless I have [ somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Rev 2:5  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
Luk 22:33  And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.
Luk 22:34  And he [ Christ] said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me. Rom 11:12  Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
Rom 11:13  For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
Rom 11:14  If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
Rom 11:15  For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

According to the scriptures “if the  first fruit is holy, the lump is holy also.”

Rom 11:16  For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
Rom 11:17  And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;

Withstanding the doctrines of Babylon is our calling. Babylon bashing is not our calling

Rom 11:18  Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
Rom 11:19  Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.
Rom 11:20  Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
Rom 11:21  For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
Rom 11:22  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
Rom 11:23  And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.
Rom 11:24  For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural [ branches], be graffed into their own olive tree?
Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Rom 11:26  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Rom 11:27  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Who the Levites are spiritually:

Rom 11:28  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.
Rom 11:29  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
Rom 11:30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom 11:31  Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
Rom 11:32  F or God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

It is this verse, Rom 11:32, which has been used by so many orthodox Christian ministers to declare that God will indeed save every Jew and Israelite who has ever lived. And in the same breath these same orthodox ministers deny that this applies to all the rest of mankind.  They truly believe that God is a respecter of persons and that ‘all who are born of Abraham are of Abraham’s seed.”

Rom 9:7  Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
Rom 9:8  That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are no t the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

In other words these orthodox ministers do not see what the camp of Israel typifies. The priests typify God’s elect. The Levites who are not priests typify the Christians who are called but not chosen, and the rest of Israel, ‘the camp,’ typifies mankind as a whole. And this is the original ‘gift and calling of God’ for all mankind:

Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Rom 11:33  O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [ are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
Rom 11:34  For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
Rom 11:35  Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
Rom 11:36  For of him, and through him, and to him, [ are] all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

And this is the original ‘gift and calling of God’ for all mankind:

Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth .

Spiritually this is being accomplished in God’s few elect, but it has never been accomplished in the strength of the flesh. That is why we are being “conformed to the image of His son”

Rom 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

So when the ‘first’ who are now ‘last,’ are eventually paid, this will be the final outcome of it all:

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [ is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [ and be] their God.
Rev 21:4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

As I said at the beginning of this talk, I watched John Hagee talking about the book of Revelation, this past week, and he was saying all the things I believed and taught just yesterday. Every word was understood as being outside of us all. It was a book which was all about future events. That was what I myself thought only yesterday. So Levi is Mike Vinson before his death to the flesh. Levi is each of us when we are “joined to” and yet oppose God’s priesthood. It is this opposition to God, of which we all partake. It is resistance to these  ‘strange doctrines’ which serves to produce a zeal for the Truth in God’s priesthood. Being a Levite is being “carried about by different and strange doctrines,” of which we all must partake, which keep those who “serve the tabernacle” from “eating at our altar.” It is the time we all spend in the darkness of ignorance which separates Levites from the priests. We must all be Levites before we can be priests.

We have, of necessity, mentioned the priesthood many times. But till now the priesthood has not been our focus. Next week, Lord willing, we will cover the priesthood.

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