ASHES OF THE RED HEIFER
by George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
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As we come to the end of the age, God is revealing many secrets to His people through His Word. Many of these secrets were hidden in the ordinances that God gave to our example Israel:
"Now all these things happened unto them (Israel) for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." I Corinthians 10:11
The things which happened to Israel become a revelation unto us as to what God is going to do with His people in the end of the age. When Jesus' disciples asked Him to explain to them the meaning of a parable, Jesus spoke a marvelous revelation to them:
". . .Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand." Luke 8:10
Jesus revealed that it was given to His disciples to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. Mysteries are the hidden truths of God that can only be made known by and through the Spirit of God. Those who are not Spiritually led will not understand the mysteries of God. Paul wrote to the church at Colosse:
"Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints." Colossians 1:26
God is revealing many things that have been hidden from man from the beginning of time to His saints in this last hour of time. God speaks to His people in types and shadows. Many things that are written are types of what God is trying to reveal unto His people. Many things revealed are shadows of events He would later bring to pass. God also uses another method of revealing hidden truths to His saints. The prophet Hosea wrote:
"I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets." Hosea 12:10
We are all aware that God uses prophets to speak to His people. He also shows His people many visions. By Hosea we know that God also uses similitudes to reveal His hidden truths unto His saints. God is revealing many of His hidden mysteries to His people through similitudes. The word similitude means "to compare, to resemble and to liken". Many of these mysteries of God were hidden in the laws and commandments God gave to Israel. God spoke unto Moses and Aaron concerning the sacrifice of the red heifer:
"This is the ordinance of the law which the Lord hath commanded saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke. And ye shall give her unto Eleazar the priest, that he may bring her forth without the camp, and one shall slay her before his face: And Eleazar the priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of her blood directly before the tabernacle of the congregation seven times: And one shall burn the heifer in his sight; her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, with her dung, shall he burn:" Numbers 19:1-5
God gave Moses and Aaron specific instructions concerning the red heifer that was to be sacrificed:
1 The heifer had to be "red". No other color would do.
2 The heifer had to be without spot or blemish.
3 The heifer had never been brought under the yoke.
4 The heifer had to be taken outside of the camp and killed
5 Her blood was to be sprinkled before the tabernacle seven times.
6 The heifer was to be "totally consumed": her skin, her flesh, her blood and her dung.
As we seek for Spiritual understanding as to who this red heifer represents, we look first to her color. She was red. Red is the color of blood; or this heifer represents those who are covered by the blood of Jesus, those who have accepted His gift of forgiveness for their sin.
Secondly, it had to be a heifer. A heifer is female. The church is always referred to as "female" or "woman". She was still a heifer which means "she had never been with a bull"; so she had not reproduced herself. She was still a virgin. Being a heifer also means she had never been milked, neither had she ever been under the yoke.
By the red heifer not being under the yoke, this would indicate this heifer was an "ox". Oxen do servile labor. The ox was the only animal used for sacrifice or service. It mattered not to the ox if they pulled the plow or lay on the altar of sacrifice.
God is raising up His oxen in the earth today, those who are willing to used for service, or for sacrifice.
Most believe oxen were always male, either a bull or a steer. In fact, bulls were seldom used as oxen because they were mean and hard to control. Steers were sometimes used for their strength and endurance. But cows were mostly used as oxen, because a cow could not only be milked, but could reproduce herself which was profitable to her owner.
As we attempt to identify who this red heifer represents, it is easy to see that she is a similitude of the "blood-washed, blood-covered, Spirit-filled, virgin church in the earth today. The church is always "female", and the true church is always referred to as a "virgin", undefiled by the world or the religious system.
The New Testament reveals two virgins: the male virgins and the female virgins. Jesus revealed these two virgins. The male virgins were revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos. The female virgins are revealed in Matthew 25:
"Then shall the Kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom." Matthew 25:1
There were 10 virgins. The number ten means "the completeness of order, or a complete cycle". These 10 virgins had their lamps with them. Their lamps represented their revelation of God. Five of these virgins were wise and five were foolish. The foolish took their lamps, but they had no extra oil with them, Matthew 25:3.
The foolish virgins had a revelation of God, but they took no oil with them. The oil is the anointing of God upon the Word. These had a knowledge of God, but it was not anointed. Their knowledge did not produce life. It was only religious doctrine, based on emotion and religious duty, instead of the Spiritual revelation of God in their lives. This is where many who are called by God's name are today. They have a knowledge of God, but the Spirit is not given access in their lives. Paul wrote of these in his second letter to Timothy:
"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." II Timothy 3:5
Paul said of these:
"Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." II Timothy 3:7
"But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps." Matthew 25: 4
The wise had the extra "vessel of preparation" with them. They were prepared for what God was going to do in the earth. The five foolish virgins had to turn back to get their lives prepared. They were not ready to enter into the presence of God.
"And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut." Matthew 25:10
The five wise virgins who were prepared went into the "Marriage Supper of
the Lamb". The five foolish returned only to find the door was shut. Their
"Lord, Lord, open to us," Matthew 25:11.
"Verily, I say unto you, I know you not." Matthew 25:12
The "Day of Preparation" had passed and the five foolish virgins were not ready to enter into the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
The five wise virgins had prepared their lives through the anointing, and because they were prepared, they entered into the Marriage Supper of the Lamb before the door was shut.
Who are the "male virgins"?
"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." Revelation 14:1
"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." Revelation 14:4
The "male virgins" are the 144,000 that were sealed in Revelation 7. They stood on Mount Sion with the Father's name written in their foreheads. These virgins were redeemed from among men. These are those sold-out ones in every generation who have followed the Lamb wherever He goeth. These have not been defiled with "women", (the religious systems in the earth who have been defiled with the precepts and doctrines of men). These male virgins are pure and undefiled. These are those who have no guile nor deceit in their mouths. These are without fault and stand before the throne of God. These are those whom God revealed to John in Revelation 12:
"And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne." Revelation 12:5
These 144,000 were redeemed from among men, and caught up to God and His throne.
Who are these two groups of virgins? The "female virgins" are those who rule with God on the renewed earth; and the 144,000 are those "male virgins" who rule with God around His throne.
God is bringing forth His virgins in the earth today. We must remember that Jesus was "born of a virgin". Today, in this last hour of time, the "virgin church" must bring forth Christ in the earth.
Paul wrote that there is a difference between a "virgin" and a "married woman". "There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy, both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband." I Corinthians 7:34
The virgin cares for the things of the Lord. The virgins are those who are holy, both in body and Spirit. The married woman cares for the things of the world, that she may please her husband. God's Word is Spiritual and we must apply it Spiritually. We must view God's Word with Spiritual eyes. The married women are those who are married to their religious systems and the worldly things they are involved in.
The red heifer was to be without spot or blemish. This represents the pure and undefiled virgin church that God is raising up in the earth today.
Israel was to give this heifer to the high priest. The high priest was to take her outside the camp and kill her. Where was Jesus killed? He was taken outside the city to be crucified. This was the customary place to take criminals, the rejected, the outcasts of the world to be killed. It was a place of total separation from all that the world agrees with and accepts.
"And Eleazar the priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of her blood directly before the tabernacle of the congregation seven times:" Numbers 19:4
There were two applications of the blood: the "pouring of the blood at the foot of the altar", and the "sprinkling of the blood". Normally when a sacrifice was killed the priest sprinkled some of the blood before the tabernacle, and the balance of the blood was poured at the foot of the altar. The pouring of the blood at the foot of the altar represents the blood that Jesus' shed on the cross. When the soldier thrust his spear into Jesus' side, Jesus' blood was poured at the foot of His altar. Jesus was our sacrifice for sin.
The writer of Hebrews revealed the second application of the blood in our lives, the "sprinkling of the blood":
"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God." Hebrews 9:14
What is the Spiritual similitude of the "sprinkling of the blood"? It is the Spiritual sprinkling of the blood of Christ, the anointing. This is the Spiritual cleansing that must take place in our lives. This is the Spiritual cleansing that must cleanse our conscience from dead works so that we can serve the living God with our whole being.
In the Old Testament sacrifices, the blood was always sprinkled and then poured out upon the ground. This was not done with the blood of the red heifer.
"And one shall burn the heifer in his sight; her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, with her dung, shall he burn:" Numbers 19:5
The red heifer was to be totally destroyed. Her skin, her flesh, her blood and her dung was to be totally burned. This is the only sacrifice in the Bible where the blood was to be burned instead of poured upon the earth. The red heifer sacrifice was different than any other blood sacrifice. What is God's Spiritual revelation in burning the blood of the red heifer? God revealed to Israel:
"For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul." Leviticus 17:11
It was the blood that made an atonement for Israel. The blood of Jesus did not make atonement for our souls, but gave us total forgiveness of our sin and set us free from the sin curse.
If we ask the question, "Who forgave Jesus His sin?", the immediate answer would be, "He had no sin, and because of this He did not need forgiveness." Why did He have no sin? Because He had a different blood line. His blood line did not come from Adam, but from the Father. The sin nature is transferred through the blood line. The sin nature does not come through the flesh, but through the blood.
The true virgin church, represented by the red heifer, has broken the blood line of the old, Adam nature. The old Adam blood line must be totally consumed by the fire of the Holy Spirit anointing. The true virgin church has become that new creation man that God is raising up in the earth. The true virgin church is being raised up in righteousness and true holiness, a beautiful church without spot or wrinkle to be presented to Christ holy and without blemish, Ephesians 5:27.
Today most who call themselves Christians believe the only power in their lives is through the blood of Jesus. The church still sings the old song, "There's Power in the Blood". The power in the blood is only for the forgiveness of sin. Jesus was the supreme sacrifice when He laid down His life so that we could have forgiveness of sin. When we accept the free gift that Jesus gave us, it is only the beginning of our walk and return to our created place in God.
The true virgin church is coming to the place where they no longer need the blood for the forgiveness of sin. Their life is not in the blood. Their life is in Christ. These are allowing the continual sprinkling of the Spiritually applied blood of Christ to cleanse them from all unrighteousness. They have come to the place that Paul spoke of in his letter to the Galatians:
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Paul came to the place where the life in him was Christ. This is where our power now resides because Christ is the power of God, I Corinthians 1:24. Christ, the Holy Spirit, had become Paul's whole existence. Those who are represented by the red heifer have been crucified with Christ. The old, sinful, Adam nature has been totally dealt with, and they do not depend on the blood as their life in God. They are dwelling in the new creation man that is totally submitted to Christ, the Holy Spirit, the power of God. In his letter to the Colossians Paul revealed:
"When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory." Colossians 3:4
When Christ (the Holy Spirit) our life appears, then we will have applied the second application of the blood; the "sprinkling of the blood". We must walk on past our initial salvation and water baptism into God's complete salvation plan for man.
God's Word did not end with the four gospels. The book of Acts and the Day of Pentecost were given that we might walk into God's complete salvation plan. Paul wrote to the Romans:
"Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." Romans 6:6
When that old man of sin, the Adam nature, has been crucified, then we will no longer serve sin. The sin nature will have been dealt with. The body of sin must be completely destroyed if we are to walk in newness of life. Paul revealed to the church at Rome:
"Therefor we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." Romans 6:4.
When this new life emerges, then we will be like Jesus. We will no longer need the blood for the forgiveness of sins. Why? Because we will then have the life of God resident in our total being, just as Adam, before he allowed the sin nature to enter into his existence. This is when we become one with the life of Christ. All chains that enslaved us to the old, Adam life will have been broken. The beloved John addressed this in his first letter:
"He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil." I John 3:8
Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil in His creation man. These works continually manifest themselves in the old, Adam nature. But God has provided a way to be free from the "lust of the eye", the "lust of the flesh", and the "pride of life"; and that is by becoming that new creation man. It is by becoming part of that true virgin church God is raising up in the earth. It is by having Christ in us, our only hope of glory. We need to come to the place in Christ where the blood is no longer necessary to deal with sin in our lives.
The skin and the flesh were also destroyed in the sacrificial offering of the red heifer. In most burnt offerings the skin belonged to the priest, but the skin of the red heifer was to be totally burned. When we have put off the old man and are dwelling in the new creation man, then the color of a man's skin will make no difference. In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul wrote:
"Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him no more." II Corinthians 5:16
We are to know no man after the flesh, but after the Spirit. What color is man's spirit? When the old man is completely consumed by the fire of the Holy Spirit, then we will all look the same. The old man will have been consumed with all its prejudices and misconceptions of God's creation. We will be color blind, as God is. God revealed to Samuel,
"The Lord seeth not as man seeth, for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart, I Samuel 16:7.
The heart of the true virgin church will be pure and undefiled, no matter what color the outside of the tabernacle happens to be.
The dung of the red heifer was also destroyed. The dung represents the worthless things in our lives: pride, selfishness and self-exaltation. Paul wrote to the church at Philippi, saying,
"We are the circumcision, which worship God in the Spirit, and have no confidence in the flesh, Philippians 3:3.
Paul went on to relate that he had all the fleshly requirements which man considered to be important to be successful. The church has not changed. They still look at the things that Paul considered as dung to be a requirement to minister to God's people.
"Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless." Philippians 3:5-6
Paul had every religious requirement to be accepted wherever he went in the Jewish community. He was blameless under the law. He had fulfilled all religious requirements to be accepted in the sight of man. Today man needs degrees from man's religious systems to be accepted as ministers of God. But one thing was missing with Paul's credentials, and that was a relationship with God. This is why he cried out, "...that I may know Him..." Philippians 3:10. This should be the heart's cry of everyone who wants to be part of the true virgin church that God is raising up in the earth today.
Paul continued to cry out to God, ". . .that I may know the power of Christ's resurrection. . .". Paul's total desire was to have that resurrection power working in his life. Paul wanted to be part of the first resurrection, on such the second death hath no power, Revelation 20:6.
Paul further cried out, ". . . that I may be in fellowship with Christ's sufferings." Paul knew that longsuffering was a fruit of the Spirit, and his total desire was to become partaker of the suffering of Christ's gospel. The suffering message has been totally excluded from the church. It is not popular, nor is it accepted. When the "suffering message" comes forth, the people look for a more suitable church.
Paul concluded, ". . .that I may be made conformable unto Christ's death.. . .". Paul knew that the cross of Jesus meant the end of the flesh. Paul's overwhelming desire was to come to the end of the flesh. Because of this he proclaimed:
"But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ." Philippians 3:7-8
Paul not only counted his religious credentials as "dung", but all things in his life that did not produce the life of Christ were "dung". The dung of the red heifer must be destroyed. Anything that promotes "self" is "dung". Selfishness, self-rule and self- exaltation are dung that must be totally destroyed if we are going to become that true, undefiled, virgin church in the earth today.
While the red heifer was being burned, the priest was to add certain things to the flame:
"And the priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer." Numbers 19:6
While the red heifer was being consumed in the fire, the priest was to add cedar wood, hyssop and scarlet. As we understand the significance of the cedarwood, hyssop and scarlet, we begin to understand that these must be added to our lives if we are to become part of the true virgin church.
The cedar wood represents maturity, those who have matured in the Spiritual realm. The cedars of Lebanon were the highest, most prized trees in the world. The word Lebanon means "whiteness or pureness". When the cedar wood was added to the burning of the red heifer, it was a similitude of those who are Spiritually mature. These are those who are coming forth in the fire of God to be pure and undefiled. These are those who have been purified, made white by the cloven tongues of fire that came on the Day of Pentecost. (See "Beyond the Cloven Tongues" by G. Kirkpatrick)
Hyssop represents purification, those who have been made clean through the Word. Jesus spoke of these He would purge and purify:
"Every branch in me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you." John 15:2-3
Those who have been made clean through the Word will produce more fruit; more fruit of the Spirit, in their lives. (See also "Becoming the Word" by G. Kirkpatrick)
Scarlet was also added to the fire. Scarlet is the color of blood and means sacrifice. We must become that living sacrifice before God that Paul spoke of:
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." Romans 12:1
Our bodies must become a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable before God. If this "scarlet sacrifice" is not added to our lives, then we have fallen short of what God has commanded us to be. The writer of Hebrews, by the anointing of the Spirit, wrote:
"Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin." Hebrews 12:4
Our lives must be a sacrificial offering if we are to establish God's kingdom in our earth. Our lives must be complete in God.
This was not the end of the red heifer. God directed Moses to gather the ashes of the red heifer.
"And a man that is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and lay them up without the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water of separation: it is a purification for sin." Numbers 19:9
A man that was clean through the Word was to gather the ashes of the red heifer and lay them up outside the camp in a clean place. He was not to take these ashes back into the system of organized religion. These ashes represent those people who have dealt with the old, Adam nature and have been totally consumed by the fire of God. The cloven tongues of fire has completed its work. It is God who sits as a refiner to purify His silver and gold that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness, Malachi 3:3.
These ashes were used as a "water of separation" for the purification for sin. When and how were these ashes to be applied in Israel's lives?
"He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days." Numbers 19:11
The only time the ashes of the red heifer were to be used in the water of purification was when someone touched the body of a dead man.
"Whosoever toucheth the dead body of any man that is dead, and purifieth not himself, defileth the tabernacle of the Lord; and that soul shall be cut off from Israel: because the water of separation was not sprinkled upon him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness is yet upon him." Numbers 19:13
Anyone who touched a dead body defiled the tabernacle of the Lord. To bring one who touched a dead body again into a right standing before the Lord, it was necessary for him to be cleansed by the "water of separation".
What is the water, and who are the dead we are not to touch, and who is the tabernacle of the Lord? The tabernacle is the body of Christ. We are becoming the temple of the Holy Spirit, but while we are in our earthly bodies we are still tabernacle. The "dead" are those who are still in their sin, those who have not applied the blood of Jesus to be forgiven their sin. Paul wrote to the Ephesians:
"And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;" Ephesians 2:1
Those who are still in their trespass and sins are dead, and the dead are all around us.
The water of separation is the Word of God. How is the "water of separation" to be applied in our lives?
"And for an unclean person they shall take of the ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin, and running water shall be put thereto in a vessel: And a clean person shall take hyssop, and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons that were there, and upon him that touched a bone, or one slain, or one dead, or a grave:" Numbers 19:17-18
The ashes of the red heifer had to be added to "running water". It was not to be added to standing or stagnant water. The Word of God must be operational in our lives, not simply a dead letter or a dry bone, but running, moving water, changing us into the image of the author.
When the water is applied it must be applied by a "clean person", not by those whom the Word has not cleansed through and through. It is to be applied by "hyssop". As was stated before, hyssop means "purified and clean". The person must be clean and the instrument of delivery must be clean.
The water is to be "sprinkled". The Word must be Spiritually applied in our lives. When the Word is Spiritually applied in our lives, it brings separation; separation from all things and all people who are defiled.
The unclean are those who have not been cleansed by the water of separation. When we touch the world, or worldly people, or are touched by the world, or its worldly people, then we are defiled, and we need to reapply the water of separation in our lives. We must again be washed by the water of the Word of God.
This water of separation was also to be sprinkled upon the person's tent, the vessels and upon all the persons who were there.
"Our whole house is to be cleansed by the washing of water by the Word, Ephesians 5:26.
All that are part of the household are to be purified by the Word. As Joshua stated to the people before they entered their promise land: "Choose you this day whom you will serve". His answer was, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord," Joshua 24:15. Joshua did not make a decision just for himself, but for his whole household. If we are to become the true, undefiled, virgin church, then this decision must be made for our whole household so that we may dwell in a clean habitation that is not defiled by the world.
God revealed to Moses that all those who touched a grave would be unclean. Jesus spoke of the religious systems of His day:
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity." Matthew 23:27-28
Today we still have the religious system who appear righteous outwardly, but are full of dead men's bones. When we are touched by these whited sepulchers, we need to apply the "water of separation" and flee from those who only have a form of godliness.
"And the clean person shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, and wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even." Numbers 19:19
The clean person was to sprinkle the unclean on the third day and on the seventh day. The third day and the seventh day are the same day. The third day is measured from the time of Jesus; and the seventh day is measured from Adam. Jesus stated that He would be glorified on the Third Day, Luke 13:32. On the Seventh Day Christ will be glorified in the midst of His people, Matthew 17:1. If we are to walk into God's 3rd day, His 7th day of creation, we must allow God's water of separation to be Spiritually sprinkled upon every unclean area that still remains in our lives. If the "water of separation" is not Spiritually applied to the uncleanness in our lives, then Jesus will not be glorified in our lives. Those who are not cleansed of their uncleanness will not become part of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb when Jesus is glorified in the midst of His people.
"The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times." Psalms 12:6
The Words of God are pure, and they must be tried as silver is tried, in the furnace of the earth. God is turning up the heat in our lives to purify us to become His silver and gold. The Word of God must be purified in our earth seven times if we are to be clean in the evening of time, or at the end of the age. This is when Christ will be glorified in His people, and in the midst of His people.
"But the man that shall be unclean, and shall not purify himself, that soul shall be cut off from among the congregation, because he hath defiled the sanctuary of the Lord: the water of separation hath not been sprinkled upon him; he is unclean." Numbers 19:20
Those who have not been cleansed by the Spiritually applied Word of God will be cut off from the congregation, or the assembly. These will not be part of the true, virgin church. Those who defile the sanctuary of the Lord and their tabernacle will never become the temple of the Holy Spirit. Those whose tabernacles have not been cleansed by the water of separation will be judged unclean. These will be separated from those who are going into the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
The "water of separation" must be sprinkled in our lives until all the desire of the world and its defilements are gone. Our only desire must be to God, as Paul wrote to the church at Rome:
"For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever." Amen Romans 11:36
All that we do must be "of Him", "through Him" and "to Him", if He is going to reveal His promised glory in His people.
The red heifer had never come under the yoke. The yoke is always the sign of bondage and servitude; whether it be bondage to the law, or becoming servitude to man's religious system, or allowing the unclean to have control in our lives. We are warned not to become yoked together with unbelievers, II Corinthians 6:14. Government also would put us in bondage and servitude to their ungodly order. [See "Higher Powers" by G. Kirkpatrick]. Paul
Paul warned the churches in Galatia:
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." Galatians 5:1
Paul says, "Stand fast in the liberty, wherewith Christ hath made you free." It is Christ, the Holy Spirit that has set us free. The prophet Isaiah wrote over seven hundred years before the coming of Jesus:
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing." Isaiah 10:27
The yoke that man would put upon God's people is destroyed because of the anointing. It is removed by the "sprinkling of the water of separation", the Spiritually applied Word in our lives.
The red heifer had never been under the yoke. Those who have separated themselves unto God have not allowed man's religions, or any other bondages to hinder their commitment and service to God.
The red heifer was a virgin. In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul revealed to them:
"For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ." II Corinthians 11:2
The word chaste is the Greek word HOGNOS and means "pure from every fault, immaculate". This virgin has not been defiled by man or the world. She is a pure vessel, without spot, wrinkle or defilement. God is raising up His true, undefiled, immaculate, virgin church in the earth today, those who have been totally consumed by the fire of the Holy Spirit anointing in their lives, as Paul wrote to the Romans:
"For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:" Romans 1:20
Those who have come into the knowledge of God's creation, understanding the things of God by His creation, will stand in the presence of God. These understand His eternal power, and have submitted to His headship in their lives. They will stand in God's presence without excuse. These will not need an excuse. But those who come before the Lord in judgment without this knowledge that is available through His Spiritually, inspired Word will have no excuse. God has given the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Himself, Ephesians 1:17. Paul wrote:
"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." Romans 12:2
God expects us to know what is good and acceptable and the perfect will of God. He gave us the similitude of the red heifer so we could know the perfect will of God in our lives.
We need not only to understand the Word, we must become the Word. Jesus was the Word made flesh. We need to be that flesh that is made Word.
God's true virgin church in the earth today is becoming the Word, God's living sacrifice, God's red heifer sacrifice. We need to begin today to read and Spiritually apply God's living truths in our lives so that He may be exalted and glorified in every thought and every action that precipitates from our being. Then we will know and understand the power of His resurrection in our life. To God be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
THE ASHES OF THE RED HEIFER QUESTIONS
1. Where are many secrets hidden in God's Word? I Corinthians 10:11
2. The things which happened to Israel are a revelation of what?
3. What are mysteries of the kingdom of God? Hosea 12:10
4. Name three ways God speaks to His people.
5. What does the word similitude mean?
6. The church is always referred to as what?
7. The red heifer is a similitude of what?
8. The ten virgins of Matthew 25:1 took lamps when they went forth to meet the bridegroom. What do these lamps represent?
9. The foolish virgins had a revelation of God but took no with them which was the ____________of God upon the Word.
10. Because the five wise virgins had prepared themselves through the anointing, what were they able to enter into?
11. What must the Virgin Church bring forth on the earth in this last hour of time?
12. Why did Jesus have no sin?
13. We must walk past our initial salvation and water baptism into what?
14. What is the way God has provided us to be free of the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life?
15. What should be the hearts cry of everyone who wants to be a part of the Virgin Church? Philippians 3:10
16. What does the cedar wood, hyssop, and scarlet represent in Numbers 19:6?
17. What is the water of separation?
18. When the Word is spiritually applied in our lives, it will bring separation from what?
19. The yoke that man would put upon God's people is destroyed by what? Isaiah 10:27
20. What is God's true Virgin Church, becoming in the earth today?
THE ASHES OF THE RED HEIFER Answer Key
1. Where are many secrets hidden in the word? I Corinthians 10:11 In the ordinances God gave to Israel
2. The things which happened to Israel are a revelation of what? Of what God is going to do with His people in the end of the age?
3. What are mysteries of the kingdom of God? Hosea 12:10 Hidden truths that can only be made known by and through the Spirit of God
4. Name three ways God speaks to His people. 1. He uses prophets 2. He uses visions 3. He uses similitudes
5. What does the word similitude mean? To compare, to resemble, to liken
6. The church is always referred to as what? Woman, female
7. The red heifer is a similitude of what? The blood washed, blood covered, Spirit filled Virgin Church
8. The ten virgins of Matt. 25:1 took lamps when they went forth to meet the bridegroom. What do these lamps represent? Their revelation of God
9. The foolish virgins had a revelation of God but took no with them which was the of God upon the Word. Oil, anointing
10. Because the five wise virgins had prepared themselves through the anointing, what were they able to enter into? The marriage supper of the Lamb
11. What must the Virgin Church bring forth on the earth in this last hour of time? Christ
12. Why did Jesus have no sin? Because His blood line did not come from Adam but from the Father
13. We must walk past our initial salvation and water baptism into what? God's complete salvation plan for man
14. What is the way God has provided us to be free of the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life? By becoming the new creation man
15. What should be the hearts cry of everyone who wants to be a part of the Virgin Church? Philippians 3:10 That they may know HIM
16. What does the cedar wood, hyssop and scarlet represent in Numbers 19:6? Cedar wood-Maturity, Hyssop-Purification, Scarlet-Sacrifice
17. What is the water of separation? The word of God
18. When the word is spiritually applied in our lives, it will bring separation from what? All things and all people who are defiled
19. The yoke that man would put upon God's people is destroyed by what? Isaiah 10:27 The anointing
20. What is God's true Virgin Church, becoming in the earth today? God's living sacrifice and God's red heifer sacrifice
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