Good afternoon, beloved friends and brethren present; ministers and congregations in different countries; and also Missionary Miguel Bermudez Marin in Brazil; and everyone present. May God open the Scriptures to us and may He open our understanding in order to comprehend the Divine Program relevant to this end time.
Let’s read in Hebrews chapter 12, verses 22 to 24, where it says:
“...But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.”
May God bless our souls with His Word and allow us to comprehend It.
Our subject on this occasion, for this Bible study in today’s Sunday school is: “THE BLESSINGS CONTAINED IN THE BIRTHRIGHT.”
In the Scripture we read, It tells us about the general assembly of the firstborn made up of the believers in Christ who are under the New Covenant. They are the members of the Lamb’s Book of Life, whose names have been written in Heaven since before the foundation of the world. They are the ones who make up the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, which Saint Paul tells us about in First Timothy chapter 3, verse 14 and on (of First Timothy). It says:
“These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”
The House of God under the New Covenant is the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ made up of the believers in Christ.
That House grows from stage to stage, from age to age as the mystical Body of believers is being built; and through the different stages of the Church, the Most Holy Place of that House has been built, and at this end time it goes on to the construction of the Most Holy Place, which is the most important part of the House of God.
Both in the tabernacle Moses built and the temple built by King Solomon, the Most Holy Place was the most important place because the ark of the covenant with the Tablets of the Law was there, the manna was also there, in a golden pot, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and above all, the ark of the covenant had the cover or lid called the mercy seat and over it were the two cherubims of gold. God’s presence was in between those cherubims of gold, in the Cloud or Pillar of Fire that guided the Hebrew people through the wilderness.
That is why the Most Holy Place is so important: because it is God’s dwelling place, it is the place of the Throne of God in the tabernacle Moses built and the temple King Solomon built; and it is the same for the spiritual Temple: the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the temple King Solomon built, two cherubims of gold (covered in gold) were placed there, two cherubims of [olive] wood covered in gold. Therefore, in the spiritual Temple of Christ, the two Cherubims of olive wood covered in gold will also be in the Most Holy Place. Olive wood represents humanity and gold represents Divinity. That is where the two Olive Trees of Revelation chapter 11, verse 1 to 14, and Zechariah chapter 4, verses 11 to 14, are shown.
God’s presence is, has been, and will be in the House of God, the Spiritual Temple of Christ (which is under the New Covenant): in His Church, His mystical Body of believers, who are also children of Abraham through our faith in Christ. Thus, they are the firstborn who have been written in Heaven, in the Lamb’s Book of Life, since before the foundation of the world.
That is why the apostle Saint Paul says in Romans chapter 8, verses 14 and on:
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
Those are the members of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ who make up the Spiritual Temple of Christ.
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs
with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”
And now, all the born-again believers in Christ make up the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, and they are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ to everything to which Christ is heir. And therefore, all the Birthright Blessings belong to Christ and His Church, to the believers in Christ who are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ our Lord.
The possession or inheritance of the Birthright Blessing has two very important parts: the part of the heavenly Kingdom with all the blessings contained there, and the part of the earthly Kingdom with all the blessings that the earthly Kingdom will have. This is because the believers in Christ, through the Birthright Blessing (the Holy Spirit), possess all of God’s Inheritance as joint-heirs with Christ our Savior, who is the Firstborn of all Creation, and the only-begotten Son; everyone else comes from Christ through the new birth in the mystical Body of Christ our Savior.
That is why when Jacob went to bless the sons of Joseph, he stretched his hands out to the sons of Joseph and crossed his arms, laying his right hand upon Ephraim and his left hand upon Joseph’s other son (Manasseh). He laid his right hand upon Ephraim and his left hand upon Manasseh, Joseph’s sons through his Gentile wife, who represents the Gentile Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. And notice, his children here are the ones who inherit the Birthright Blessing that one of the eldest sons of Jacob had lost; and therefore, that blessing was passed on to Joseph, and from Joseph it was passed on to his sons. The most important part of that blessing was passed on to Ephraim.
First Chronicles chapter 5, verse 1 to 2, says:
“Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he
was the firstborn; but forasmuch as he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright.
For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph's)...”
The firstborn inherits a double portion, and the rest, who are not the firstborn, only inherit a portion of the inheritance of their father.
In the Birthright Blessing for Ephraim, it says… Chapter 48, verse 13 and on of Genesis, says:
“And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near unto him.
And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.
And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,
The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head.
And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.
And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.”
The Birthright Blessing here includes the formation of many nations, a blessing which was bestowed upon Ephraim. Ephraim represents the believers in Christ under the New Covenant.
Now, notice that Joseph had a Gentile wife, and we find that both sons were Hebrew and Gentile, a mix of Hebrew and Gentile. Notice how the Birthright Blessing came to Joseph, and therefore, to the sons of Joseph.
The Birthright Blessing has two parts: the one granted to Ephraim: that his seed will become a multitude of nations, a Birthright Blessing which has been spreading through the Gospel. And therefore, the Blessing represented in Ephraim pertains to the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ; it is a blessing that deals with the spiritual and the earthly: the heavenly Kingdom and the earthly Kingdom.
Meaning that in the Birthright Blessing, the Blessing of the Holy Spirit, the believers in Christ obtain the adoption as sons and daughters of God; and thus, as heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ our Lord, to everything to which Christ is heir.
Everything that Christ is heir to, the believers in Christ who have the Birthright Blessing, are also heirs to it. All of God’s blessings are contained in the Birthright Blessing: those of the present, the future, and of all eternity. Therefore, all the Divine Blessings for the believers in Christ are included in the Birthright Blessing.
That is why it says in the Scripture we had referring to the believers in Christ, in Hebrews chapter 12, which was the Scripture we read… And in Galatians, it says: “So that the blessing of Abraham may pass on to the Gentiles.
“...But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven...” [Hebrews 12:22.]
The general assembly of the Firstborn is the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, the Scripture says that we are firstborn creatures of God; and therefore, the heavenly and earthly blessings belong to us.
Now, in the Birthright Blessing, the Messiah the Prince has four Son titles: “Son of Abraham,” and thus, heir to all the territory and blessings given to Abraham, all the promises; and the Son of Abraham is represented in Isaac.
As “Son of David,” He is Heir to the Throne of David and Kingdom of David. And as “Son of Man,” He is the Heir to the Earth, with all the kingdoms Earth will have in the Millennial Kingdom and throughout eternity. And as “Son of God,” He is Heir to the Heavens and Earth as well. In other words, the title: “Son of God,” includes all of creation: the Heavens and Earth; He is the Heir.
Now, all the blessings contained under those Son titles are shared with the believers in Christ, who form the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, because Christ and His Church are spouses in spiritual terms: husband and wife.
And when the number is completed of believers in Christ who will make up His Church—which will be fulfilled in the Age of the Cornerstone—Christ will complete His Work of Intercession in Heaven as the High Priest, and He will leave the Throne of Intercession, He will take the Title Deed of the Lamb’s Book of Life (where our names have been written since before the foundation of the world), and will carry out His Reclaiming Work: He will reclaim everything He has redeemed with His precious Blood.
And we find that the grandest feast will take place in Heaven: The Marriage Supper of the Lamb, wherein Christ and His Church will be invested as King and Queen to rule the Earth as the Son of David sitting on the Throne of David, and as the Son of Man, to govern the entire Earth.
In other words, there is a great blessing when the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is completed in this end time. Those blessings are included in the Birthright Blessing established in the Bible to be fulfilled in this end time.
Salvation is one of the Birthright Blessings. Therefore, the blessing of Abraham has passed on to the Gentiles, the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, to bless us in the Kingdom of God.
Notice, in Ephesians chapter 1, verses 3 and on, it says:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of childrenby Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will...”
In other words, this comes from God. Nor you nor I chose it, but rather, we have been destined, predestined, chosen, since before the foundation of the world.
“To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance ...
(here it tells us about the inheritance also...)
...In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”
He elected us, He chose us since before the foundation of the world. That is why we have heard the Voice of Christ through the Gospel in the time in which were granted to live, as He said: “He that is of God heareth God's words.” Saint John chapter 8, verses 47 and 48. And also chapter 8, verses 54 to 58, which says: “Before Abraham was, I am.” Christ said this speaking of Himself; and He showed that He is before Abraham.
In chapter 4 of Ephesians, verses 30, it says:
“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”
On the day of the redemption of the body, which will be our transformation, as it says in Romans chapter 8, verses 21 and on… Verses 18 and on, of Romans 8, says:
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.”
That manifestation of the sons of God, that adoption, that redemption in which the dead in Christ will be resurrected in glorified, young, and eternal bodies; and we who are alive will be changed when we see them. And then, we will all be young representing from 18 to 21 years of age, with eternal and glorified bodies like the glorified Body of Jesus our Savior.
“For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”
The adoption is the redemption of the body, in other words, our transformation. Then, we will obtain physical immortality, when we are in those physical, glorified bodies which it has been promised that the believers in Christ of our time and of past times will receive.
That is the reason for the Second Coming of Christ at the Last Day, which is promised to be manifested when the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is completed. That is why in Philippians 3:20-21, Saint Paul says:
“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall change our vile body...”
What is He going to do in His Second Coming? Change our bodies; and those who have died, He will resurrect them in glorified bodies.
“...Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”
With that power He has to subdue all things unto Himself, He is going to change us in His Second Coming, when He will give us the faith to be changed and taken with Him to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
The rapturing faith will revolve around His Second Coming. The mystery of His Second Coming will be the mystery that Christ, the Mighty Angel of Revelation 10 will be revealing by speaking with that Voice of Trumpet and seven Thunders uttering their Voices, thus opening to us the mystery of His Second Coming and giving us the faith to be changed and taken with Him to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Then, we will have the fullness of all the Birthright Blessings being materialized—those which have not materialized yet. We will have the Coming of the Son of Man with His Angels in the stage of the Most Holy Place, the stage of the Cornerstone, and that will bring a full manifestation of God in His Church at the Last Day, when He will fulfill the Tent Vision.
Therefore let’s be prepared, because something major is fixing to happen from God: a great blessing contained in the Birthright Blessing for the believers in Christ, and then for the Hebrew people.
The Hebrew people will have a great blessing in this end time; that is why we should pray for Israel, because God has a great blessing for them at this end time. Therefore, they will have Manasseh’s blessing, but the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ will have Ephraim’s blessing in the end time.
“THE BLESSINGS CONTAINED IN THE BIRTHRIGHT.”
All the blessings of God contained in the Scriptures and contained in the Birthright belong to Christ and His Church. Christ and His Church (the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ) are heirs and joint-heirs to all the heavenly blessings.
Christ is the heir to the heavenly Kingdom and earthly kingdom: the Messiah the Prince. And His Church is a joint-heir with Christ, because She is the One indicated to have the firstborn members of God: the born-again [believers], those born in the Kingdom of God; and thus, they have the Birthright Blessings. In other words, all of God’s blessings belong to us as heirs and joint-heirs with Christ Jesus our Lord.
Always remember the Son titles: “Son of God:” Heir to the Heavens and the Earth (that is His inheritance); “Son of David:” Heir to David’s Throne and David’s Kingdom; “Son of Abraham:” Heir to everything promised to Abraham, and thus, heir to all of Israel’s territory; “Son of Man:” Heir to the Earth.
On another occasion, we will speak more clearly, because all of that is contained in the mystery of the Seventh Seal, in the mystery of the Second Coming of Christ for this end time. Therefore, it is opened up as much as it can be for the time being, so that you know that there are great blessings contained in the Birthright.
As firstborn of God every believer in Christ has great blessings in the Kingdom of God for our time, for the Millennial Kingdom and throughout eternity.
God is calling and gathering His elect, His firstborn who have been written in Heaven in the Lamb’s Book of Life since before the foundation of the world. He has been gathering all those who would form the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, the spiritual Temple of Christ.
In this end time He will complete His Church; He will complete His mystical Body of believers in the Age of the Throne, in the Age of the Cornerstone, where the great blessings of God promised to be manifested at this end time will be found. A time when the House, the spiritual Temple of the Church will be filled with the glory of God in the Coming of the Lord and the manifestation of His Coming. This is when God will manifest Himself in all His fullness in His Church, He will adopt His children (meaning He will transform them) and, we will all have eternal and glorified bodies. We will all have bodies just like the glorified Body of Christ, who is as young as when He ascended to Heaven; and that is very near.
Why didn’t it happen in past ages? Because it is for the Age of the Cornerstone. Those blessings are contained in the Birthright to be manifested in this end time. And we have been given the privilege to live in the end time; in the time of the stage of the Age of the Cornerstone, the stage of the Throne of the Lord Jesus Christ in His spiritual Temple.
Therefore, let’s be prepared, awaiting that manifestation of the Birthright Blessings pertaining to this end time, to receive the faith to be changed and taken with Christ to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
“THE BLESSINGS CONTAINED IN THE BIRTHRIGHT.”
All the blessings that were spoken by Moses, and then by Joshua, are for the believers in Christ, the firstborn written in Heaven, in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Therefore, the adoption or redemption of our bodies is included in the promises of the blessings contained in the Birthright; the blessings from Heaven and Earth for all the believers in Christ born into the mystical Body of Christ our Savior.
He still continues to call and gather in His mystical Body those remaining to complete His Church. Therefore, if there is someone who has not yet received Christ as their Savior, you may do so at this time and we will be praying for you so that Christ receives you in His Kingdom. For which, you can come to the front and we will pray for you.
If you are in a different nation you can also come to the front so that Christ receives you in His Kingdom, cleanses you from all sin with His Blood, and baptizes you with the Holy Spirit and fire and brings forth the new birth in you.
God has many people, not only in Puerto Rico but in all of Latin America, North America, and other nations, and He is calling them at this end time to complete His Church and give them the Birthright Blessings. The resurrection of the dead in Christ is one of those blessings, and the transformation of those who are alive is also one of those great blessings there are for all the firstborn written in Heaven, in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Those in other countries may continue to come to the Feet of Christ. Children ten years of age and older can also come to the Feet of Christ our Savior.
Let’s stand to pray for the people who are coming to the Feet of Christ our Savior.
With our eyes closed and our heads bowed:
Heavenly Father, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You with all these people who are receiving Christ as their only and sufficient Savior. Receive them in Your Kingdom. I pray to You in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Now, those who have come to the Feet of Christ on this occasion, repeat this prayer after me:
Lord Jesus Christ, I have heard the preaching of Your Gospel and Your faith was born in my heart.
I believe in You with all my soul. I believe in Your First Coming and I believe in Your Name as the only name under Heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. I believe in Your death on Calvary's Cross as the Sacrifice of Atonement for our sins.
I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I need a Savior, a Redeemer. I give public testimony of Your Faith in me and I receive You as my only and sufficient Savior.
I pray that You forgive my sins, and with Your Blood, may You cleanse me from all sin, and baptize me with the Holy Spirit and fire and bring forth the new birth in me.
I want to be born in Your Kingdom. I want to live eternally with You in Your Kingdom. Make a reality in my life the Salvation You purchased for me on Calvary's Cross. I pray to You in Your Eternal and glorious Name, Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Now, those who have come to the Feet of Christ may ask
“When can you baptize me? For Christ said: ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.’” (Saint Mark chapter 16, verses 15 to 16.)
Since you have believed in Christ, you may be baptized and may Christ baptize you with Holy Spirit and fire, and bring forth the new birth in you.
Water baptism is typological. Water does not take away sins, but rather, it is the Blood of Christ that cleanses us from all sin.
Christ Himself was baptized by John the Baptist, and when He was raised from the baptismal waters the Holy Spirit came upon Jesus. Now it is your turn, each one of you who have not been baptized, to be baptized in the Name of the Lord, so that Christ baptizes you with the Holy Spirit and fire, and brings forth the new birth in you.
In water baptism, the individual identifies with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. We were in Christ when He came to Earth, and we were in Christ eternally. Just as we were in our earthly father (our earthly bodies were there), similarly we were in Christ (our souls were).
And therefore, when He came to Earth, we were in Him. When He died we were in Him. When He descended to hell, when He was buried, we were with Him. When He resurrected, we resurrected with Him. Therefore, we are part of Him, and when we are baptized, we are identifying ourselves with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.
That is why water baptism in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior is so important; just as the apostles did, and as it continues to be done in the mystical Body of Christ, in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
Therefore, you may be baptized, and may Christ baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire and bring forth the new birth in you.
We will continue to see each other next Friday and Sunday, God willing. I will be with you again.
May God bless you, and until next Friday and Sunday, God willing.
May the blessings of Christ be upon all of you.
The blessings of Christ: the Birthright Blessings, those are the blessings for me and for whom else? For each one of you, too.
May God bless you and have a wonderful afternoon.
“THE BLESSINGS CONTAINED IN THE BIRTHRIGHT.”
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