This Dwell In Heaven article is a continuation from Those Who Dwell On Earth. In it we saw that those who dwell on the earth will die. Like the animals, these men (and their families) lived according to their lower nature and never learned to live according to their higher nature by following Yehovah’s statutes, judgments and ordinances. Only the man who repents and begins to learn and do Yehovah’s ways will live eternally.
Men Can Choose To Dwell In Heaven
Just because we live on the earth does not mean that we have to dwell there; men can choose to dwell in heaven. Joshua choose to dwell in heaven and serve only Yehovah.
“Now therefore, fear Yehovah, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the elohim [lawmakers and judges] which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve Yehovah! And if it seems evil to you to serve Yehovah, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the elohim which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the elohim of the Amorites [put in your government], in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve Yehovah.” (Jos 24:14-15)
“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look on the earth beneath. For the heavens will vanish away like smoke, the earth will grow old like a garment, and those who dwell on earth will die in like manner; but My salvation will be forever, and My righteousness will not be abolished. Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, you people in whose heart is My law: Do not fear the reproach of men, nor be afraid of their insults.” (Isa 51:6-7)
In Revelation, as in the Moses and the Prophets, I see three types of men. The first group is those who dwell on earth. They serve in the kingdoms of men and follow their commandments, their statutes and their judgments.
“Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their [the two witnesses] dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. And those who dwell on earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on earth.” (Rev 11:9-10)
“O Yehovah, the hope of Israel, All who forsake You shall be ashamed. Those who depart from Me Shall be written in the earth, Because they have forsaken Yehovah, the fountain of living waters.” (Jer 17:13)
“And he [false prophet] deceives those who dwell on earth – by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.” (Rev 13:14)
These Two Groups Of Men Dwell In Heaven
The other two groups are two parts of the same group, True Israel. They are the Ger and the Ezrach; they have both repented and are now learning and doing the ways of Yehovah.
“And when a stranger [Ger] dwells with you and wants to keep the Passover to Yehovah, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as a native of the land [Ezrach]. For no uncircumcised person shall eat it. One law shall be for the native-born [Ezrach] and for the stranger [Ger] who dwells among you.” (Exo 12:48-49)
“The stranger [Ger] who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you [Ezrach], and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers [Gerim. plural of Ger] in the land of Egypt: I am Yehovah, your Elohim [lawmaker, judge].” (Lev 19:34)
The Ezrach Are Those Who Dwell In Heaven
The Ezrach is referred to in Revelation as “the woman” or “the saints;” and they are “Yehovah’s servants“, “the man-child” and “those that dwell in heaven.” Ezrach produce after their own kind; those who dwell in heaven bear more of those who dwell in heaven.
The Ezrach, the servants of the living Elohim, are sealed before Yehovah makes the world a wilderness and the Ger (Gentiles who have left the kingdoms of their birth) will join themselves to those who dwell in heaven in the wilderness where they will receive protection, provision, and instruction in righteousness throughout the tribulation.
“She bore a male child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her child was
caught up to[separated unto] Elohim [our lawmaker, judge, master] and His throne. Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by Elohim, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.” (Rev 12:5-6)
“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie – indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on earth.” (Rev 3:8-10)
Then he, the powers of this world, (a plural “he”) hate this group of Ezrach men (the man-child, also a plural “he”) and Ger who dwell this them in the wilderness, but has no power over them:
“Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against Elohim, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them [men with their families] who never came to the Ezrach, those who dwell in heaven. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Rev 13:6-8)
“So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman [the Ezrach and the Ger], that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring [those that did not get to the Ezrach in time], who keep the commandments of Elohim and
have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev 12:15-17)
The tribulation is designed by Yehovah to turn those who say they are His people, back to His ways. But there will be many Ger (as we just read) that waited too long and will not be able to join the Ezrach in the wilderness; they will be martyred:
“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘How long, O Elohim, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on earth?’ Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.” (Rev 6:10-11)
Those who are left standing at the end of the tribulation are the Ezrach, those who dwell in heaven, who were sealed at the beginning. They, along with their wives, children and I think possibly even their servants, are redeemed from the from the earth and never die.
Those who dwell in heaven will be the great ones in Yehovah’s kingdom and that is why they are raised last. Yehovah wants to make a positive example of His faithful servants.
“Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Mat 5:19)