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October 10th, 2013 | Filed Under: Author, Mitch Kuhn, Salvation, Topical Studies0 Comments | Author:

In God’s plan of salvation there is an order in which all are saved. There are three steps to this process that are foreshadowed in the feasts that Israel was to keep each year.

Exo 23:14 Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.
Exo 23:15 Thou shalt keep (1) the spring harvest the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty.
Exo 23:16 (2) The summer harvest at pentecost And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and (3) The fall harvest at the feast of tabernacles the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.
Exo 23:17 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

Through these three harvests, the whole of the yearly harvest is brought in. The analogy of sowing and reaping is prevalent throughout the New Testament.

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Salvation of All Hidden in the Law

In God’s plan of salvation there is an order in which all are saved. There are three steps to this process that are foreshadowed in the feasts that Israel was to keep each year.

Exo 23:14 Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.
Exo 23:15 Thou shalt keep (1) the spring harvest the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty.
Exo 23:16 (2) The summer harvest at pentecost And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and (3) The fall harvest at the feast of tabernacles the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.
Exo 23:17 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

Through these three harvests, the whole of the yearly harvest is brought in. The analogy of sowing and reaping is prevalent throughout the New Testament.

1Co 3:6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.
1Co 3:7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.

Luk 6:44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.

Luk 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and
sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He
Himself was about to go.
Luk 10:2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.

Paul refers to these feasts in Exodus as he explains the order in which all will be saved.

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive
(G2227).
1Co 15:23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward
those who are Christ’s at His coming.
1Co 15:24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the
Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.

Some will say that “to be made alive” is to be resurrected, but then sent to heaven or hell. Here are a few uses of the same Greek word (G2227), that shows how “made alive” means to be saved.

1Pe 3:18 NKJV For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive (G2227) by the Spirit,

2Co 3:6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life (G2227)

Joh 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life (G2227); the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

Let’s now examine the order of salvation.

1Co 15:23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward
those who are Christ’s at His coming.

Jesus Christ is the firstfruits of the harvest of all. Firstfruits simply means
the first of the harvest.

1Co 15:20 NKJV But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Jas 1:17 NKJV Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and
comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or
shadow of turning.
Jas 1:18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

Rom 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the
Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,
Rom 11:14 if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my
flesh and save some of them.
Rom 11:15 For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the
world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?
Rom 11:16 For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

Christ speaks of death as sleep.

Joh 11:11 These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend
Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.”
Joh 11:12 Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.”
Joh 11:13 However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was
speaking about taking rest in sleep.
Joh 11:14 Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.

Just as Christ has been raised from the dead, so will we all be raised from the dead. Since the firstfruit is holy, so will everyone at their appointed time be made holy.

1Co 15:23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward
those who are Christ’s at His coming.

The KJV translation hides the meaning of who is saved during this second step. There is the article “the” before “Christ” as these translations demonstrate.

1Co 15:23 (ABP+) But each in his own order; the first-fruit is Christ, thereupon the onesG3588 of theG3588 ChristG5547 at his arrival.

1Co 15:23 (REV) But, each, in his own rank:—A firstfruit Christ, after that, they who are the Christ’s, in his presence,

1Co 15:23 and each in his proper order, a first-fruit Christ, afterwards those who are the Christ’s, in his presence,

Christ actually has a Christ, which is also called the Body of Christ. When you read the phrase “the Christ” or “His Christ”, it’s just another way of saying the Body of Christ.

Act 4:26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

God has chosen some to be the firstborn of all those that will come after Christ himself in order of salvation.

Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

These are called God’s ‘chosen’ or ‘elect’.

Mat 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Col 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

Tit 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;

1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

Christ chose the 12 apostles to take his message of salvation to the world, and in the very same way there are those chosen in every generation to preach the truth of God’s word.

Paul tells the Corinthians that the saints will judge the world and angels. The word for saints means “holy ones”, and refers to God’s elect whom he makes holy first.

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

Paul explains that he is one of these ministers of God’s work, and has been given the job of fulfilling what Christ started.

Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is
behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the
church:
Col 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the
dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word
of God;
Col 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from
generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of
this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in
all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
Col 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which
worketh in me mightily.

All of God’s chosen, the elect, are used by God to reconcile all others to God.
In this way the elect of God are also saviors.

2Co 5:18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself
through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
2Co 5:19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself,
not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of
reconciliation.
2Co 5:20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were
pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to
God.

The word of God, symbolized by fire, is given to God’s ministers in order to save others.

Jer 5:14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

Remember that we are saved by fire.

1Co 3:15 NKJV If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he
himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

Heb 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

There are two resurrections. The first resurrection is of God’s elect, who are faithful to the end in their physical life.

Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

God’s faithful elect are given judgment and will rule and reign with Christ during the millennium, and then are used to save all those in the second resurrection through the lake of fire.

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was
given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the
witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the
beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their
foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a
thousand years.
Rev 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years
were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

God’s elect are used to administer his fire, which is used to purify and to save. The lake of fire is described in the book of Revelation, which purifies those that are cast into this fire.

Rev 20:10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and
brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be
tormented day and night forever and ever (ages of the ages).
Rev 20:11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from
whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no
place for them.
Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and
books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of
Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which
were written in the books.
Rev 20:13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades
delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one
according to his works.
Rev 20:14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the
second death.
Rev 20:15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into
the lake of fire.

For a more thorough study on Revelation 20 and the millennium, please see the following studies.

Revelation Chapter 20 Studies

Purpose of the Millennium

After we have been purified by fire we will be able to dwell with God.

Heb 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.

Psa 5:4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither
shall evil dwell with thee.

Isa 59:1 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save;
neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Isa 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the
hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who
among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?
Isa 33:15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that
despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of
bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes
from seeing evil

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to
try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings;
that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding
joy.

It is also very revealing to see the mercy that God provides to his people
through the year of jubilee.

Lev 25:10 And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty
throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and
each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his
family.
Lev 25:11 That fiftieth year shall be a Jubilee to you; in it you shall neither
sow nor reap what grows of its own accord, nor gather the grapes of your
untended vine.
Lev 25:12 For it is the Jubilee; it shall be holy to you; you shall eat its
produce from the field.
Lev 25:13 In this Year of Jubilee, each of you shall return to his possession.

The scriptures are full of great mysteries that are hidden behind the letters.
Ask God for understanding and study diligently to see the truths that I have
explained from the Word of God.

Psalms and the Prophets

With this new understanding that God is going to save all, let’s read through
a number of verses from the Psalms and prophets and see them foreshadow
the wonderful plan of God.

Psa 22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the
LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
Psa 22:28 For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among
the nations.
Psa 22:29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they
that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep
alive his own soul.

ALL shall turn unto the Lord, and ALL nations shall worship the Lord,
even those that die and go down to the dust.

Gen 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto
the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto
dust shalt thou return.

The wrath of God is upon all disobedience for a season, and then joy comes
and life is given.

Psa 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life:
weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

This study explains how the wrath of God saves us.
Treasuring Up the Wrath of God

Psa 67:1 To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song. God be
merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.
Psa 67:2 That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health
among all nations.
Psa 67:3 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
Psa 67:4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge
the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.
Psa 67:5 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
Psa 67:6 Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own
God, shall bless us.
Psa 67:7 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

God’s righteous judgment will result in praise, because it causes us to be
obedient and love his ways. This study will explain more:
The Milk Doctrine of Eternal Judgment

Psa 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive:
Thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD
God might dwell among them.

The Lord will lead us out of captivity and dwell with those that have been
rebellious.

Psa 86:9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before
thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.

Psa 98:2 The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath
he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.

Psa 98:3 He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of
Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

This is a prophesy of the salvation that is to be revealed in the New
Covenant. God often speaks through his prophets like David and speaks as if
something has been done, when it is not yet manifest.

Rom 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,)
before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and
calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Psa 145:9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his
works.

God will show mercy to ALL.

Isa 25:6 And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all
people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full
of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.
Isa 25:7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast
over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.
Isa 25:8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will
wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he
take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.
Isa 25:9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited
for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we
will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

This salvation that David speaks of is for ALL people, which will swallow up
death in victory for ALL, and wipe away ALL tears.

Isa 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I
am God, and there is none else.
Isa 45:23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in
righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall
bow, every tongue shall swear.

Salvation is of God, and when He makes the truth known all will bow to him
and be saved.

Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our
iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes
we are healed.
Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to
his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

The prophecy of the sacrifice of Christ is for the iniquity of ALL.

Isa 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another,
and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before
me, saith the LORD.

How do people in hell who are separated from God’s goodness worship him?

These next two verses make it quite clear that God does not cast anyone off
forever or remain angry forever, rather his mercy triumphs and delivers us
all from our sin.

Lam 3:31 For the Lord will not cast off for ever:
Lam 3:32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion
according to the multitude of his mercies.

Mic 7:18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth
by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his
anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
Mic 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will
subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths
of the sea.

Mic 7:18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth
by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his
anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
Mic 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will
subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths
of the sea.

This verse in Zephaniah shows how the Lord brings obedience through his
wrath.

Zep 3:8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise
up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may
assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all
my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my
jealousy.
Zep 3:9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they
may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one
consent (accord).

Zep 3:17 The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will
save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with
His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

I hope you can now see the wonderful plan of salvation foreshadowed in the Old Testament.

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