Here is the wording of the covenant that Jesus made with the 11 remaining apostles, Judas having left...
29 and I make a covenant with you, just as my Father has made a
covenant with me, for a kingdom,
30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones to judge the twelve tribes of Israel (Luke 22).
This is a really strange wording for the 1NC. 'My Kingdom' is Jesus' Kingdom, it is not the Kingdom of God. But Jesus is the king of the heavenly part of the Kingdom of God. This Kingdom started in 1914Tishri15 (1914October7/8) at the end of the Gentile Times - see U123. The 1NC saints eat and drink at Jesus' table in his kingdom. But they sit on thrones to judge the 12 tribes of Israel in the next system (they meaning with Judas replaced by Matthias). But the ones upstairs are eating and drinking with their God and friend right now.
15 For this is what we tell you by Jehovah's word, that we the
living who survive to the presence of the Lord shall in no way precede those who have fallen asleep [in death];
16 because the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel's voice and with God's trumpet, and those who are dead in union with Christ [the 1NC saints] will rise first.
17 Afterward we the living who are surviving will, together with them, be caught away in clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we shall always be with [the] Lord (1 Thessalonians 4).
So the resurrected 1NC saints eat and drink in Jesus' kingdom in heaven which started in heaven in 2008.
But what does Jesus mean by: Eat and drink at my table?
These are words that have not been understood since the fall of FDS2.
Well Jesus had just had a lovely physical meal with lovely physical drink at a lovely physical table with his friends. It was a great occasion for all of them marred only marginally and only temporarily by Judas and his exit.
But Jesus knew that he would never again be able to have his friends round to dinner on the planet earth. So he was understandably sad, being the image of his father who is the very definition of love and therefore of hospitality. God never trashes love like we humans do when we misperceive such an act to be in our narrow and temporary self interest. Jesus wanted to be able to have dinner with his friends for ever, just as any human today would wish to do. So he phrased the new covenant in a way that reflected his loving heart's desire. He effectively said: Look, this is the last time we will all sit round a table and enjoy good food and wine together as a group on the planet, but do not think that this is the last time we will all sit round a table and enjoy good food and wine together.
His father and he were surely going to arrange that Jesus and his 12 disciples (Judas being replaced with Matthias) would sit round a table eating and drinking for a thousand years together. It is our job therefore to determine what the greater meaning of eating and drinking is and what the greater table is.
The naive and incorrect interpretation prevalent in many churches is that spiritual food is bible knowledge. The trouble with this interpretation is that it leaves no room for spiritual drink! The thing to remember is that the drink was passed from one to another at the last supper whereas the bread was taken individually. Of course this was a physiological symbolism since the blood, which the wine represents, flows round the body, which the bread represents, and not vice versa. But we can deduce more from this famous and wonderful scene. For the apostle John wrote:
3 This means everlasting life, their taking in
knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus
Christ (John 17).
14 Whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty at all, but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water bubbling up to impart everlasting life (John 4).
Now one cannot live for long physically without drink, any one cannot begin to live spiritually, without knowledge of God and of his son. But this drink that imparts life becomes a fountain which bubbles up and waters other people. So the drink stands for spiritual information that is shared, it is passed around. But the food stands for spiritual information that is digested and broken down personally. Food does not bubble up into a fountain. So spiritual food is experience, because experience is totally personal. You can tell your friends about your experiences, but that just gives them knowledge it does not give them experience. Experience cannot be passed on, it can only be experienced!
So spiritual food is practical experience of both good and bad and spiritual drink is accurate knowledge of good and bad. The food is putting into practice the knowledge. The table is the environment in which the knowledge and the experiences are shared and gained. We presently eat from Satan's table down here for the most part. Knowledge without experience is useless. It is one thing to know the rules of football, it is another thing entirely to actually play the game for a few hours.
So Jesus was telling his 11 beloved apostles that they would share knowledge together and gain experience together in his Kingdom. They would work as a team and co-operate in love on the same project, namely the salvation of a few billion humans. So now we can understand what Jesus meant when he said...
11 But I tell you that many from eastern parts and
western parts will come and recline at the table with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob
in the kingdom of the heavens;
12 whereas the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the darkness outside. There is where [their] weeping and the gnashing of [their] teeth will be (Matthew 8).
All humans on earth in the Kingdom of God will share experiences with
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But the sons of the Kingdom, the Jews, will be weeping
without eyes and gnashing without teeth in Gehenna as they watch and learn how
to behave but cannot interfere.
It seems like such an innocuous little scripture. But it is so powerful. Firstly the 1NC saints sit upon thrones to judge, so they are Kings, and Judges. Secondly they eat and drink at Jesus' table, this table is a heavenly environment, so they are angels. Thirdly they judge only the 12 tribes of Israel, so the entire Kingdom of God must be split into 12 tribes, because there is no one who escapes their judgement. But who are these tribes?
Well this is where we really get into the structure of the Kingdom of God. We shall discover in section I35 that there is a Second New Covenant for those who sit on thrones to judge the 12 tribes of Israel down here on earth in the Kingdom of God. And there are 12 apostles in the Lord's witnesses, the church of that covenant, the 2NC. Furthermore from Revelation it can be shown that there are 144,000 heavenly 1NC kings and 12,000 heavenly 1NC reserve kings and 144,000 earthly 2NC kings and 12,000 earthly 2NC reserve kings - see U151.
So there is a one to one correspondence between everyone in the 1NC and every King in the 2NC. This is not a coincidence. It is because we shall all operate in pairs. More than pairs in fact. We shall be married in a sense and possibly parents too. For the pre-adamic children before the Garden of Eden, had one angelic parent and two surrogate human parents. So the same may be true of some of the born again post adamic children of the Kingdom of God, the second Eden - see I5.
21 To the one that conquers I will grant to sit down with me on my throne even as I conquered and sat down with my father on his throne (Revelation 3).
So Jesus sits together with God on a double throne, ruling over all the angels and the whole heavens. Then Jesus sits with the 1NC saints on his double throne ruling over the kingdom of God, the humans and ex humans. Then each 2NC king sits with a 1NC kings on a double throne ruling over one of the 144,000 kingdoms of the kingdom of God.
The 12 heavenly apostles of the 1NC are 12 fathers and the 12 earthly apostles of the 2NC are 12 mothers, of 12 tribes. Each tribe has 12,000 further transdimensional royal families if you like, comprising one heavenly King and one earthly king per family. And then a further presently unknown larger number of transdimensional Lord/Priest families, who are the earthly and heavenly administrators of the Kingdom of God. They are the noble families, the courtiers if you like. Then in addition to these there are billions of human citizens resurrected under the FRC and millions of human priests resurrected under the CRC. But everyone resurrected into the Kingdom of God will be in one of the 12 tribes. We shall all have a 1NC apostle for a father and a 2NC apostle for a mother! The Nation of Israel in the promised land which was the archetype for the Kingdom of God in the promised paradise had 12 tribes. And everyone was in one or other of these tribes. So the Kingdom of God will likewise have 12 tribes, and everyone in it will be in one of those tribes.
28 Jesus said to them: Truly I say to you, In the
re-creation, when the Son of man sits down upon his glorious throne, you who have
followed me will also yourselves sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of
29 And everyone that has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive many times more and will inherit everlasting life (Matthew 19).
Yes, these royal families, the members of whom Jesus was referring to in Matthew 19, will have so many brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands it will be unbelievable for us poor humans who are used to working all our lives in order that might acquire the freehold of just one little house.
Now we know that the first new covenant saints are special, being Jesus' wife. And they are to become angels since they have to go back to his place to live with him in heaven.
9 And there came one of the 7 angels who had the seven bowls
which were full of the 7 last plagues, and he spoke with me and said: "Come here,
I will show you the bride, the Lamb's wife.
10 So he carried me away in [the power of the] spirit to a great and lofty mountain, and he showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God (Revelation 21).
The marriage of the lamb occurred in heaven on 2008Nisan22. This marriage was the coronation of the 1NC saints as kings to rule
with Jesus over the Kingdom of God for 1,000 years. And there are 144,000 who
rule at any one time.
1 And I saw, and, look! the Lamb standing upon the Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 having his name [by marriage] and the name of his Father written on their foreheads (Revelation 14).
2 And I heard a sound out of heaven as the sound of many waters and as the sound of loud thunder; and the sound that I heard was as of singers who accompany themselves on the harp playing on their harps.
3 And they are singing as if a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one was able to master that song but the 144,000, who have been bought from the earth.
4 These are the ones that did not defile themselves with women [having no illegitimate children] in fact, they are virgins [having never lead someone in a false church up to the point of baptism]. These are the ones that keep following the Lamb no matter where he goes. These were bought from among mankind as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb (Revelation 14).
They rule as kings for 1,000 years...
And I saw thrones, and there were those who sat down on them, and power of
judging was given them [1NC and 2NC
kings]. Yes, I saw the souls of those beheaded
[not beheaded souls!]
to the witness of/to Jesus and due to the word of God [beheaded
by being denied their head which is the LW church appointed over the saints],
and those who had
worshiped neither the wild-beast nor its image and who had not received the mark
upon their forehead and upon their hand. And they came to life [not
to their reign. This is all of the kings, not all of the saints] and reigned [as
kings, not as Lords] with the Christ for 1,000 years [reigning
as a group from 2008Nisan22 to 3008Nisan14].
5 The rest of the dead [no one in the Kingdom is first dead. There is no adamic death in the Kingdom. But those resurrected from Hades and those resurrected from Gehenna are second dead, in the sense that they have no angels. All those who survive through the end of this system will have angels either through the 1NC, the 2NC or the 3NC, for the mechanism of escape from the lava flood is angelic] did not come to life [get born again as both humans and angels] until the 1,000 years [of the Kingdom of God] were ended. This [the coming to life of the kings of verse 4] [is] the resurrection, the first.
6 Happy and holy is anyone having part in the resurrection, the first, over these the second death has no authority but they will be priests of God and of the Christ, and will reign with him for the 1,000 years [of the Kingdom from 2008Nisan22/2017Tammuz5 to 3008Nisan14/3017Tammuz5. They are sealed in holy spirit, they cannot ever be put into Gehenna, the second death, a soul-less existence as a spirit - this is the 1NC Kings and the 2NC Kings only. Lords do not reign, they rule subject to the reign of their king] (Revelation 20).
But this rulership does not apply only to 1NC saints. It actually applies to anyone who comes to life, i.e. is born again, in this system. We are all to be kings, in some capacity.
17 For if by the trespass of the one [man] death ruled as king through that one, much more will those who receive the abundance of the undeserved kindness and of the free gift of righteousness rule as kings in life through the one [person], Jesus Christ (Romans 5).
15 This [manifestation] the happy and only Potentate will show in
its own appointed times, [he] the King of those who rule as kings and Lord of those who rule as
lords (1 Timothy 6).
So in the kingdom there will be Kings who believe it or not rule as kings, and there will be Lords who rule as Lords, underneath the Kings. The Lords are the bureaucrats of the Kingdom of God, may God save us from them! So if everyone in every subcovenant of the JAC, the system covenant of the ARC for the Abrahamic system, is going to be a king, or a lord, then where are all the citizens?
Well as we saw in I28 and in I29, the citizens are those with faith in God and in goodness, those who obey their consciences, but never find the true religion. And those who find the true religion but never get baptised in holy spirit, never get chosen by the angels, are to be the priests of the Kingdom of God, the equivalent of the Levites in Israel, but not the equivalent of the sons of Aaron.
There is scriptural evidence that even in this system every person with faith, everyone in the 1AC, has an appointed guardian angel...
10 See to it that you men do not despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in heaven always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven (Matthew 18).
These guardian angels are the heavenly army, rather than the heavenly generals. They must have the job of looking after us in faith and protecting us physically to some extent, and helping us to find the true church.
It may be that there is pretty much a one to one correspondence between
number of humans at the end of this system and the number of angels. If so then
there may be 144,000 angelic kings and 500 million guardian angels and another 5
billion or so angels of which some are demons and many are floating voters. For
more on the structure of the holy spirit see U41.