The following comment is mine: Something MUCH BETTER than the Rapture is about to occur. The Church, or at least a large section of it, has got it wrong. I believed in the Rapture for a long time. This message is so inspired and attested to by His Spirit, it will change how you look at things forever. For those who believe in the Rapture, I humbly ask for you to consider this article. I put this in the prophetic section because it contains a good deal of prophecy and revelation that you have probably not heard before. As you read it, you will feel your spirit agreeing with it, how it explains a lot of things that other commonly held belief that teaching of the rapture does not. As always, Jesus is the Pattern. It explains why Jesus' ministry was "bookended" by two forty day periods, and how it prophesies what is about to occur with the remant.
Written by Michael Landrum
Kennebunkport, Maine USA
The Transformation And The Rapture Of The Church
7 June 2006
the Lord speaks a Word, that Word is alive. It has the power itself to
accomplish the thing for which it is sent. Man’s words fall to the
ground, yet God’s Words from Heaven continue to go forth to perform
their intended purposes.
The word “Transformation” has
been used and overused by modern liberal Theology and by the New Age
religions. What I am about to show you here, of what the Lord has shown
me, should restore to our hearts the true meaning of this word, and
restore us to the joy of our Salvation and to Paul’s intention in
describing, “The Blessed Hope”.
On Earth as it is in Heaven
years ago, I was going through some particularly difficult times. My
wife Kathy and I just wanted to be with Him--in His Presence. I remember
a moment in prayer as I looked out the window of our apartment in
Kirkland, Washington. The thought of David’s own expression many
centuries ago came to mind in Psalm 55: 6, “Oh that I had wings like a
dove! I would fly away and be at rest,” and I remember thinking
wistfully about Heaven. Almost immediately, the Spirit of God spoke to
“Pray not for you to go to Heaven, but rather for Heaven to come to earth!”
as quickly, sprang to my mind the words of the prayer that Jesus
taught His disciples, “. . . thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on
earth as it is in Heaven . . .” As I stood there at the window, He
“Son, I am about to answer the most commonly prayed prayer in the history of the church.”
astonishment, I realized that Christians the world over for twenty
centuries had, in their own languages, had been praying this most
familiar of prayers; sometimes rotely and without comprehension;
sometimes earnestly, with all longing desire. Now, He was answering me
by speaking plainly: “Heaven come TO earth”.
The Sure Mercies of David-- Promise of Eternal Life
months later, He spoke again. My wife Kathy and I had gone to
Whistler, B.C in a dedicated weekend apart with the Lord. Kathy and I
were filled with a Holy anticipation as we interceded in the car on our
way up from Seattle. I sensed that God was about to speak more to me,
and I wanted to be listening. When we got to our condo, with the cool
breeze of a mountain afternoon in summer wafting through the bedroom, I
turned to survey the ambiance. There came that familiar, “Still Small
Voice.” I had been praying, “Lord, show me more of what You mean.”
I heard the words, “The Sure Mercies of David.”
sat down on the bed knowing I was in the Presence of the Same One Who
had spoken earlier. For a long while, I heard nothing more. Slowly I
rose to my feet, thinking that He would say no more at that time. As I
did, I felt the Presence of the Lord in front of me. Gently, but
palpably, I felt a push on my chest which dropped me back to the bed. In
astonishment, I waited for a few more moments, and again, I cautiously
began to stand up, only to have the same experience again, of being
pushed as with a large hand, gently, but firmly, backward, into a seated
position on the bed. I waited yet a longer time, and listened, asking
the Lord to speak to me, and, after what seemed to be many minutes of
silence, I cautiously ventured to rise to my feet again. When I felt His
Presence literally push me back a third time, I said, “Lord, You have
my full attention, forgive me for less, give me ears to hear. At this,
He began to pour into my understanding, the meaning and
interrelationship of several verses from the scripture that I was only
vaguely able to recall at the time. They had not previously been on my
mind. I began to search scripture and found references to this subject
including 2 Samuel 23:5 where David says, “truly, does not my house
stand so with God? For He has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure”.
Other references included 2 Samuel 7:16, 1Samuel 2:35, Psalms 16:9-11,
Isaiah 55:3, but one that got my closest attention was Psalms 21:2-4.
In reading this scripture, I realized how little of the meaning of this
scripture I had heard from the pulpit. It describes David’s most
heartfelt prayer, and the answer he then received from God. “You have
given Him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request
of his lips. Selah! For you send blessings of good things to meet him,
you set a crown of gold on his head He asked life of You, and You gave
it to him, long life for ever and ever more.”
me to have missed this unusual request in all the years of Bible Study
and church meetings, might even have been dismissible, were it not for
Paul’s words in Acts 13. These words bring David’s request all the way
forward to the New Testament and to our own day. In speaking of the
Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Paul was exhorting the leaders of the
synagogue in Antioch, saying, “and as to His having raised Him from
among the dead, now no more to return to [undergo] putrefaction and
dissolution [of the grave], He spoke in this way, I will fulfill and give to you the Holy and sure mercies and blessings [that were promised and assured] to David.”
Verse 36, describes that David had indeed experienced death, and “he
did see corruption and undergo putrefaction, and dissolution [of the
grave]. Then verse 37 intervenes with this thought “but He Whom God
raised up [to life] saw no corruption—did not experience putrefaction,
and dissolution [of the grave]. (Amplified) This was the promised “sure
The concealed will be revealed
realized I was treading on Holy Ground. I was hearing things that were
meant to bring answers I had long sought. In the book of Daniel, God
told His prophet to “go your way, Daniel; for the words are shut up and
sealed until the time of the end.” (Daniel 12:9). Paul, in 2
Corinthians 12: 3, Paul describes his experience of “being caught up
into paradise, and hearing utterances, beyond the power of man to put
into words, which man is not permitted to utter, and yet, as I
contemplated what was unfolding, the Lord reminded me that, indeed, for
“there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that
will not be known.” (Matthew 10:26, NAS)
extraordinary trust that was conveyed to men like Daniel and Paul, and
yet some of the things that they were shown, were not permitted at that
time to be spoken of. They were meant for a yet future day. God is
today seeking modern day Daniels and Pauls who are counted worthy of
receiving the same trust given in ages past. Even as the inheritance of
one generation falls to another, each successive generation must in
their own day, carry that trust with responsibility and insight equal
to the previous, lest that inheritance be lost. The church in our day,
yes, in this very moment, has within it the people who have been
prepared to carry forward the revelation of things not yet revealed.
Rev. 22:6 declares: “And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the
prophets, has sent His messenger to make known and exhibit to His servants what must soon come to pass”. That prophetic baton is being passed now.
On Earth as it is in Heaven
was putting together a very big picture for me. It had to do with what
we, the church, have “already known” of resurrection and eternal life,
and yet have not known as we fully need to.
Phil 3: 10-12 “… to know Him, and the power of the resurrection of Him, and the fellowship of the sufferings of Him, being conformed to the death of Him; if somehow I may attain to the resurrection out of the dead.
The first word “resurrection” is the Greek word “anastasis”, meaning: “a resurrection from death”. It means a literal rising from a state or condition of death.
second word “resurrection” is the Greek word “ex-anastasis”, meaning:
“a rising from death”. Being distinctly different, it directly implies a
rising out from even the possibility of physical death.
God has ordained that the revealing of Himself in Glory, will be accomplished, “on earth
as it is in Heaven”. It will be for an intended time, which all
indicators point to being our present day. That God-ordained fashion of
our progressive dying to self will allow a progressive transformation
into His likeness. Paul emphasized the need for a Christian to die to
self in order to live unto God as a precondition to being changed:
I Cor. 15:31 “I die daily…”
Heb 9:27 “it is appointed unto men once to die…”
Rom 12:2 “…but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
Christ accomplished the victory over death, having died Himself for
the sins of mankind, we now stand in the potential place of benefiting
from this work and attaining to a yet higher degree. Christ Who is our Conqueror, now makes us more than conquerors, so that, according to Paul’s actual meaning in that passage, there is a coming moment of transformation out of this physical, mortal frame directly into resurrection life-bypassing death itself!
describes that the price for this is that we be “conformed to the
death of Him” (Verse 11). That is, we have to allow Him to take us to
the very end of ourselves, “that the Life of Christ may be made manifest in our mortal flesh”.
Then, verse 21 describes, “… Christ, Who will change the body of the humiliation of us for to be it (sic) conformed to the Body of the Glory of Him …” The Greek word for change is “metaschematizo” (Strongs 3345) meaning: to transfer or to transform.
Our commonly held view of the Rapture is that the Body of Christ will be taken out of the world in a sudden moment of disappearance. What He then revealed to me is something FAR BETTER: it is not JUST a sudden, unannounced disappearance!
Jesus Coming Before He Comes
As I listened, He then said something that changed me forever. Very quietly but firmly it was,
“Son, the church has it all wrong.
It is not a disappearing.
It is an appearing!”
the mid-1980’s, the Lord had begun to speak to me, a Word to the
church, which has only opened to me more completely in these last few
years. I have thought about it and prayed about it before venturing to
speak about it. The Word He has given me is about the revealing.
It is a Word to not just anyone. It is specifically directed to the
Remnant, the true Bride of Christ, who waits with oil lamp ready in hand
to hear His imminent announcement of arrival.
It is the Transformation into the Resurrection Body that is, in fact, about to happen; or, as He showed it to me, “Jesus coming before He comes”. It is the true meaning of the Greek word Parousia. He is to be revealed first
in the transformed state through us, as His Body on earth. It is His
Body, “that little flock” of whom Jesus said, “…it is your Father’s good
pleasure to give you the Kingdom”. This will be the listening,
responding, dying to self, being set apart, progressively being transformed company. These will enter into the modern day “Noah’s Ark/Enoch’s Walk” experience.
will be the fulfillment of Jesus’ parable of the ten virgins, of whom
only five were waiting with enough oil in their lamps to meet the
Bridegroom at His appearing. At a certain
actual moment, there will not be a transition into death any longer, but
a Sovereign working of His ability to complete us by transforming His
remnant people, His true Bride, directly into His own resurrection
likeness. We will then appear with Him in Glory.
The “rapture”, from the Latin rapturo,
meaning a “catching away”, will not be a disappearing as has been
popularly taught in the church. A clearer understanding of the revealed
Word shows that it is rather an appearing with Him,
followed by a sudden removal. That “twinkling of an eye” will be when
His called-apart ones who have died to themselves daily, finally cross
heaven’s threshold in a single Sovereign moment of God’s choosing.
issue of a “disappearing rapture”, as it has been taught up to now,
truly leaves the issue of an appropriate testimony on the earth
unanswered. Where would be the church characterized in the Song of
Solomon “as mighty as an army with banners”?
We will be transformed into the resurrection state, just as He is now, when He comes for His true Bride. We will then be revealed
to be truly like Him-“the ultimate definition of Christian” (i.e.
“little Christs”). He will appear to receive His Bride, prior to His
second coming, as a testimony of Himself to the whole world, just before
antichrist is fully revealed.
Romans 8:8 speaks of, “The Glory which shall be revealed.”
Romans 8:22 “All creation groans at the revealing of the sons of God.”
Malachi 3:2 “And who can stand when He appears?”
Colossians 3:4 “… when Christ, Who is our Life appears, then we shall appear also with Him in Glory
1 Peter 5:4 “… and when the Chief Shepherd appears…”
1 John 3:2 “… when He is revealed…”
1 John 2:28 “abide in Him, that when He appears ...”
2Thess 1:7 “… when the Lord Jesus is revealed… “
Matt. 10:26 Nothing is covered that will not be revealed.
1Cor 15:51-54 “… we shall be changed” (transformed)
Testimony of the remnant Bride
I asked the Lord, “How long?”
He said, “Forty”.
I asked, “Forty what?”
He said, “Forty days”.
pattern is seen first in Jesus Himself, Who goes before us. Jesus
spent 40 days prior to the onset of His ministry, in the desert. Much
might be said of the purposes represented in that. The essential sense
of it is that He was coming all the way to the end of His human
limitations. Thereafter, His entire reliance was sharpened to be upon
His Heavenly Father. Jesus arose to 40 days of Resurrection Life on
earth, before returning to Heaven and to the Father. Note, there were
40 days of dying to self (human limitations), later followed by 40 days
of Resurrection unto God (Heaven’s Glory revealed on earth).
number 40 has prophetically signified a number of key moments in
prophetic history. The list of those prophetic moments associated is
long and impressive. Noah experienced 40 days and 40 nights of rain
before he could arrive into a transformed world and Jesus was 40 days in
the wilderness before His ministry on earth began in earnest. Moses
was 40 days on Mount Sinai at the giving of the law, before coming down
to the people with a face that shone so brightly that he had to put a
veil over it. We, “who follow the Lamb wherever He goes”, may well
follow Him into a prophetic 40 “days” of the end to self, which will
precede the Transformation. Only afterward will we follow Him into
After Jesus rose from the dead, He was 40 days in His Resurrection Body, coming and going to his disciples on earth before
being taken up into Heaven in the sight of all. It is God’s true and
enduring purpose that His testimony be a public witness, that it go on
record to be noted for all time. Such is also the Lord’s original
commission to the church that we bear faithful testimony of Who He is
and what He has done.
Notice also that during those 40
days after resurrection, Jesus did not appear to Caesar in Rome or to
the magistrates and counsels of this world’s system. He only appeared
to His own who received Him. As a result, the testimony of the early
church was that of a first-hand account of literal resurrection from
death. It was a testimony so profound that it enabled Christian Martyrs
to go to the Roman arenas with total assurance.
will be the case again in the era that is just ahead of us. A testimony
will be born to all those within the circle of those called, and in so
doing, He will add a testimony to the world itself.
“five wise virgins”, waiting with enough oil for His appearing, will go
out to meet Him in this day. They will be transformed to be fully like
Him. But the five virgins who were not ready will not enjoy that
privilege... Yet they are still betrothed. The testimony of the reality
of the resurrection can still be carried by them, as they too will
observe it the way that the early Church did. The five remaining virgins
represent that part of the church which was “not ready”. They will be
given the chance to become ready by finally and fully dying to
themselves during the violent martyrdom of the anti-Christ era. Yet note
this crucial point: both of the two groups of “virgins” must have come
to the end of themselves before they could come even to the beginning
of God. The first group has already “died”—having died daily. Hence,
they will be ready for resurrection at the appearing of their
you can imagine, I was reeling at the thought of an alteration in a
major doctrinal teaching of the Church. I thought of the Scripture
stating that every fact will be confirmed out of the mouth of two or
three witnesses. So I asked Him for these.
confirmation came out of the Word itself. Recall that when the angel
Gabriel appeared to Mary, he declared that “No Word of God will be
devoid of power”. If God speaks a Word, it does not merely apply for
the moment. It will remain and keep on working. It is
permanent. It will literally change everything. A revealed Word will
agree with God’s written Word. It will not be a substitute for it or an
addendum to it. A revealed Word from God will further reveal the
written Word. Since it is brought out of the Holy Spirit, it will also
characterize what Jesus said about the ministry of the Holy Spirit: “He
will speak of mine and show it to you”, and also, “He will show you
things to come”. A revealed Word from God does not contradict the
written Word. It does not even need to embellish it. It just shows us
more of the living Word, who is Jesus. As such, when we hear a true Word
from God, we will bear witness to it.
This is what
happened to me as I searched the Scriptures to, “see if these things be
true”. The written Word became my first and most important confirming
The second “witness” came from an e-mail
forwarded to me from a friend of ours in Washington State with whom I
had already carefully shared this revelation. Judy Curmi sent, “Amazing
Rapture Dream” written in 1993 by, Armin Wolff, a believer from Oregon.
This dream can be found at: <span><span> http://www.tvbn.com/index.html?http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tvbn.com%2FF rame%2F" onmousedown="UntrustedLink.bootstrap$this, "3bfcd", event;" rel="nofollow - http://www.tvbn.com/index.html?http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tvbn.com%2FF rame%2F </span></span>
. Click on “visions”, then on Armin Wolf’s Rapture Dream. In this dream
from 1993, the author describes several startling points of direct
The third “witness” came as I
afterward listened to a tape set by Charles Capps, a Bible teacher in
Little Rock, Arkansas, entitled “The Solomon Concept Update”. Side 2 of
the second tape stated much the same as I had been given, along with
additional confirmatory Scriptures. These tapes can be found on the
Capps Ministry web site: <span><span> http://charlescapps.com/" onmousedown="UntrustedLink.bootstrap$this, "3bfcd", event;" rel="nofollow - http://charlescapps.com/ </span></span>
the last two years, I have intermittently had extended conversations
with Bible teacher Charles Capps in regard to what God has shown me. His
talks on “the Solomon Concept” have closely confirmed what the Lord
revealed. Charles quoted Solomon as describing, “that which has been
will be again”, in a pattern of prophetic recurrence.
The “Greater Works”
Hebrew, the number 40 is a numerical symbol which describes something
being brought to completion or judgment through intense activity or
trial. As the Lord helped me to understand all of this, He showed me
again how He is the Shepherd Who goes before His flock and illustrated
to me a precept He had put into my heart in May of 2000.
He showed me that His Precept for the church is, “We are to do ONLY what we see Him do”, and speak ONLY what we hear
Him say.” (This is In agreement with Jesus’ own statement when He said,
“I always do that which I see the Father doing.”) He showed me that
just as Jesus Himself went before us in the Resurrection, and was on
earth for 40 days afterwards, so it will be at His revealing that His waiting bride, who has gone out to meet Him, will be transformed into resurrection, for forty days on earth.
as He appeared, ministering to other disciples and believers in Him,
so shall we also, in the same way, be doing as He did, first. We shall
minister to those in the church, who were not ready at His coming, to
prepare them for tribulation, which will follow shortly after, at the
hands of antichrist. This ministry to the non-transformed ones, who will
yet be saved, will be with the same effect as the Lord’s risen
testimony upon the first century believers who saw and heard the risen
Lord. They were then so vividly convinced of His victory over
death, that they were able to go to martyr’s deaths with complete
confidence of the resurrection to come. So, those who are left
(along with others who will believe, hearing their testimony) will be
prepared to “love not their lives even unto the death”. They will be
empowered to broadcast the message of His love--and coming judgment to
all nations, before the end.
Just as Jesus was “taken up
into Heaven in the sight of all” at the conclusion of 40 days, so the
transformed saints will leave the earth after 40 days together with the Lord as a public testimony to the whole world of a triumphant church. Then, He will take her with Him—in the sight of all, just as He was taken up after forty days of Resurrection on Earth. In
my conversations with brother Capps, he spoke of the same thing. He
spoke of the significance of God leaving a true and clear Testimony of
Himself. He confirmed this point.
ones” will enjoy the seven day bridal week in Heaven. But before they
leave, the forty day period of time on earth will have represented that
long awaited time of the fulfillment of “the Greater Works” which
Jesus spoke of. These will be forty days of the greatest testimony of
God on earth that will have ever been seen. Before antichrist is given
the chance to fully rule, the world will know the testimony of the
Truth in living color.
During these times of listening and receiving from Him, The Lord spoke to my spirit the following question:
“Son, Who can do greater works than I did when I walked on Galilee’s shores?”
My only response was, “…Lord, you know!”
He replied, “There is One Who can do greater works than the Jesus that came to earth… it will be the Jesus Who was resurrected”.
then said that the change—or Transformation—will bring us into full
alignment with the resurrection mind and body of Christ. We will be then
fully identified with the risen Lord. We will have no vestige left of
the mind of flesh. We will finally, fully be able to do the appointed
“Greater Works”. At our present moment of pre-Transformation, we cannot
realistically imagine what these could be. 1 Cor 13 says that when the perfect is come, the partial
will be done away. Our works will reflect that fact. There will simply
be no more admixture of the nature of flesh. It will be no more. The
“perfect” will be seen in what Jesus called, “The Greater Works”, to
Trial and the Contrite Heart
seven day bridal week in Heaven will be simultaneous with the seven
years of “Jacob’s trouble on the earth”, when the Lord will then be
specifically dealing with His ancient people of Israel. He will also be
judging the rule of the antichrist and the godless systems and kingdoms
of man on earth.
All men must first realize that we are
sinners who need a Savior. Then we must realize that God’s Love is so
great that He provided the answer in His Son, Jesus the Messiah who
died for the sins of mankind. But we must respond appropriately to that
magnificent provision by saying “YES” to it.
There is something significant, something of a watershed, which occurs when we decide to fully cooperate with God. He will not force our response, but He will require our response, our appropriate response to His first initiative of Grace.
scripture says that, “He is near those who are of a broken heart, but
He saves those of a contrite spirit.” (Ps 34:18) The broken heart is
still in the process of “going all the way down”. But the contrite, has actually, finally, achieved it!
message of the Transformation is that if you would embrace His Life,
you will have to first embrace His death. Death must actually one day be
transited in order to have arrived at the “other side”, namely
The Lord does not cherish that ultimately,
we must commit to physical death. He would illustrate, rather, to us
and the world that “death is swallowed up in victory”. The Transformation is
the fulfillment of that ultimate will of God in the redemption of our
mortal bodies. But the bypassing of physical death cannot be achieved
in His will for us, until we have fully allowed the death of the self-life which is apart from Him. That final end to the “self” which has been separate from Him, will free us into the long awaited beginning of Him, then into the Transformation of our bodies into the likeness of His own Resurrection state.
The End of Futility
The Transformation spells the end of futility. It is the end of the effects of the sin of Adam (Habakkuk 2:13-14).
Transformation is the full conforming of our flesh to meet His
Presence. As the Lord told Moses (Exodus 33:20), “you cannot see My Face, for no man shall see me and live”. To approach Him then, to walk out into His Presence, is to die to the flesh. To behold His Face
is to be Transformed into the Glory, that is, into His very likeness.
The Glory of God is revealed to us in the very face of Jesus, the
Messiah (2 Corinthians 4:6). The Face of Jesus reveals the Glory of God.
As we then continue to look at Him, we find that His likeness is
increasingly seen on our faces. As we continue to behold, as in a
mirror, the Face of Jesus, we behold the glory. We are then
progressively becoming transformed into His Own image and likeness, from
one degree of Glory to the next (2 Cor 3:18).
which is distractive from Transformation is ultimately destructive. The
church of Jesus Christ is appointed unto His purposes for a Divine End
in the latter day. Only a revelation of the Word in your life can bring
you to the God-ordained end of yourself. Any other means is only a
kind of substitute--a religious counterfeit--of His Works in your life.
To be called as a disciple is to be called into a discipline.
It is to set a gaze upon Him without distraction until we are
completely transformed into His likeness from the former likeness of
human flesh to the full and future likeness of the One Who has called us
from our death into His Life (Greek “Zoe” meaning the God kind of
life, or life as God has it.)
Enoch, Noah, and Jonah: Full Identification with Him
Enoch experience of a walk with God was that of one day going with Him
so far out into the Presence and beholding Him so intently, that
nothing was left to hold him to an earthly confine. He eventually never
returned from His walk, he just kept on going. This is in fact the
ultimate end of a walk of faith: the permanent and unimpeded access to
The Noah experience of a walk with God was
that same kind spoken of in Hebrews 10:36-37: “For you have need of
steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully
accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy
to the full] what is promised. “For still a little while--a very little
while--and the Coming One will come and He will not delay.” (Amp)
Hebrews 11:7 says that by faith, “Noah, being forewarned of God concerning events of which as yet there was no visible sign,
took heed and diligently and reverently constructed and prepared an
ark for the deliverance of his own family. By this [his faith which
relied on God] he passed judgment and sentence on the world’s unbelief
and became an heir and possessor of righteousness…”
to our present day, the church’s only reference points into the
manifest presence of God have been with His visitations in the history
of revivals. These have been seen from the day of Pentecost to Azusa
Street. In our prophetic moment, we can no longer be content with a
visitation from God, as in ages past. Today, we can only be content to
become a habitation of God.
This is the moment
when the true bride of Christ will begin to be prepared to wear pure
white, as Her Bridegroom comes to meet her. Her preparation will be a
Sovereign one, not done by her own effort, because it cannot be done by
her own effort. He must do what only He can do, as she does what only
she can do, by His Grace.
In recent days, I have been led
to read and re-read the book of Jonah. I did not know why exactly,
until I later read Matthew 16. The Pharisees and Sadducees came to
Jesus, asking Him to show them a sign (a spectacular miracle) attesting
His Divine Authority. Jesus’ response was, “a wicked and morally
unfaithful generation craves for a sign, but no sign shall be given it,
except for the sign of the Prophet Jonah.” The Amplified Bible then
references Jonah 3:4-5 which reads. “…and Jonah began to enter into the
city a day’s journey, and he cried, ‘yet 40 days and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’ so the people of Nineveh believed in God,
and proclaimed a fast…” Recall that Jonah 1:1 describes Jonah’s
original commission was to proclaim against the city, “…for their wickedness
has come up before me”. We see that “the wicked generation” in Jesus’
day, and of which Jesus spoke, would also receive the sign of Jonah. It
had the same condition of wickedness as did Nineveh in Jonah’s day.
They were both a, “wicked and morally unfaithful generation”. They both received therefore, the same sign.
What was that sign? It was the appearance of “Jonah” himself. Jonah,
after having been swallowed by the fish, was then spit back out after
three days in the fishes’ belly. He was transformed in appearance. The action of digestive enzymes would have left him looking de-pigmented and unnaturally white.
Jesus rose again after three days in the grave. His resurrection body
was not at first able to be recognized by some of His disciples because
He had been transformed.
he describes that while in the fishes’ belly for three days, “…the
earth, with its bars, closed behind me forever. Yet, You have brought up
my life from the pit and corruption, oh Lord My God.” (Chapter 2:6)
In other words, he says that he had passed through death
itself, to be used as a testimony of the truth of the message that God
would judge this wicked generation, … in FORTY DAYS time.
Matt 16, after Jesus had told the Pharisees of the attesting sign that
their wicked generation could expect to receive, He asked His
disciples (V.15), “who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You
are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Then, Jesus answered Him,
“Blessed are you Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in Heaven …I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven . . .”
title of Bar-Jonah literally means “Son of Jonah”; or that Peter had
supernaturally received a revelation, a revealing, of the same nature
that was intended in Jonah’s God-given message to Nineveh: “BELIEVE AND
The sign of the prophet Jonah was that
God had actually brought His Prophet through death, to proclaim warning
to a wicked and morally corrupt generation that they had 40 days to
respond to Him. Jonah’s generation is a type of our own. Our present
generation is equally that “wicked generation” of Nineveh’s day and of
Jesus’ Day. It, too will receive the sign of the prophet Jonah:
Transformed saints brought through death, preaching an eternal Gospel
in ultimate power.
Transformation saints will be those brought through and actually
beyond death. They will proclaim on earth God’s message of warning to
this unbelieving present generation--for 40 days. They will do so using
the “keys to the kingdom” that the believing Peter was promised by
Jesus. These shall be the “Greater Works”.
Peter’s revelation of Christ as the Son of the Living God saw Jesus as the Eternal Son of God. His death on the cross, which was to follow, was characterized by three days in the grave, after which He appeared unto many in a Transformed state for 40 days: the exact parallel of Jonah.
as Nineveh of old was so startled by this sign that they repented, so
did many, in the wicked generation of Jesus’ day. So, will our own
generation shortly become witness to the actual physical evidence of the
resurrection from death by the living and true God. It is likely that
the result will be massive revival, on a scale probably never before
seen, just as the clock of time in the age of Grace winds to an end.
The sign of Jonah to be delivered in our day, will be similarly demonstrated in a sum total transformation of those who have been dying daily, so as to be fully conformed to the death of Jesus their Savior. They will appear in
that moment, even as their Lord did in His Resurrection. They will be
deathless even has He was. They themselves will be the “sign” to this
wicked generation, and they will be eloquent for 40 days, as their Lord
Himself was, and is today.
Then shall be
judgment for those who do not receive His testimony. For then, that
generation will have seen the evidence of the resurrection, of “The
Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
And they will be without excuse.
this will be the coming of the Lord to publicly judge the Antichrist
and to rule the nations, in what we have long spoken of as His Second
Coming, when EVERY eye shall see Him!
A testimony of His revealing
Michael A. Landrum
7 June 2006
https://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.stewart.589 - My Home Page
The secret of great faith is being fully convinced of His great faithfulness to keep His Word.