Those Who Choose the Father's Will at the end of an Age
Jeremiah 50:4 In those days and
at that time – declares the Lord – the people of
Israel together with the people of Judah shall come and shall weep
as they go to seek the Lord their God. They shall inquire for Zion;
in that direction their faces shall turn; they shall come and attach
themselves to the Lord by a covenant for all time, which shall never
This double declarative, in those days and at that time, reliably indicates the Messianic period at the end of The Age. Notice that the people must inquire where Zion is because they don’t know where it is! They are "maiden" Israel, (Jeremiah 31:22); untried, inexperienced, unused, new and fresh. They are not familiar with Zion because they have just newly discovered themselves as "lost Israel." They are Christians returning home to unite with the Jews who have been already gathered to modern Israel! The remnant of the Christians and the remnant of the Jews become one people living in an expanded Canaan under the personal stewardship of the Messiah.
Jeremiah 50:20 In those days and
at that time –
-declares the Lord
The iniquity of Israel shall be sought,
And there shall be none;
The sins of Judah, (shall be sought
And none shall be found;
This holy status has been obtained through spiritual transformation achieved during the difficult choices of the trial period. The act of choosing the Will of God over all other concerns requires the obliteration of the dead center of doubt and results in the total identification of man’s will with God’s Will. Let’s look further at these people in scripture who elect the Will of God as their own.
Those Who Elect God’s Will
Enoch 95:4 You shall not
fear those who trouble you;
for restoration shall be yours; a splendid light shall shine around
you, and the voice of tranquility shall be heard from Heaven.
Enoch 97:9 But in those
days blessed shall they be, to whom the word of
wisdom is delivered; who point out and pursue the path of the
Most High (God); who walk in the way of righteousness, and
who act not impiously with the impious.
The ‘word of wisdom is delivered’
to the elect through special books as we shall see later.
Continuing on with the those who elect God we have:
1Enoch 91:2 Let not your
spirit be grieved on account of the times; for the
holy, the Great One, has prescribed a period to all.
1Enoch 91:3 Let the
righteous man arise from slumber; let him arise, and
proceed in the path of righteousness, in all its paths; and let him
advance in goodness and in eternal clemency.
1Enoch 91:1 That which was
written by Enoch. He wrote all this instruction
of wisdom for every man of dignity, and every judge of the earth,
for all my children who shall dwell on the earth and for subsequent
1Enoch l: 1 The word of the
blessing of Enoch, how he blessed the elect and the
righteous who were to exist in the time of trouble. (the end of the age
1Enoch 1:2 From them (the
angels in his vision) I (Enoch) heard all things, that
will not take place in this generation, but in a distant generation,
which is to succeed on account of the elect.
1Enoch 1:9 The elect shall possess light, joy, and peace; and they shall inherit the earth.
1Enoch 1:11 Then shall wisdom
be given to the elect, all of whom will live and
1Enoch Another mystery also
I point out. To the righteous and wise shall
109:10 be given books of joy, of integrity, and of great wisdom…Who from
these (books) shall acquire the knowledge of every upright path.
A particular group of people is being described here. So far, this group, referred to as the elect:
1. Receive books of great
wisdom, through which they are made wise
2. Acquire the knowledge of every upright path
3. Pursue and point out the path of the Most High (God)
4. Live in the latter days, the time of tribulation, in a distant generation from Enoch.
5. Inherit the earth (after the ruling elite are deposed)
6. Are from among ‘Israel’ or Christendom of today.
The Book of Revelation contains a vision of the apostle John where John is instructed to write messages to the seven churches. The seven churches are the various types or groups of Christians living at the end of the age right before the Messiah arrives. These messages contain a divine assessment of the pluses and minuses of each group or personality type existing at the end of the age upon us now. All of the seven churches have considerable portions of negative criticism except for one – the Church of Philadelphia:
Revelation 3:7 And to the church
of Philadelphia write: "This is the message
from the one who is holy and true. He (Jesus) has the key that belonged
to David, and when he opens a door, No one can close, and when
he closes a door, No one can open it.
The one who is holy and
true, with the key of David, is Jesus Christ who holds the keys to
the spiritual kingdom of heaven within. He says to the church of Philadelphia:
Revelation 3:8 I know your works.
Behold, I have set an open door before you,
which no one is able to shut; I know that you have but little power;
and that you have kept my word (or have been faithful to my message: Phillips
translation) and have not denied my Name (Jesus).
This is a group that Jesus gives wholehearted approval (an open door), living at the end of The Age, who are true to the message of Jesus, the gospel of the kingdom of heaven. Consider the "door" which Jesus speaks of:
Revelation 3:20 ‘Behold, I stand
at the door and knock,’ if anyone hears my voice and opens his
door, I will come in to dine and eat with him and he with Me.
Matthew 7:7 Keep on asking and
it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find, keep
on knocking and the door will be opened to you.
John 10:1 I I assure you,
most solemnly I tell you, he who does not enter by the
door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way is a thief and
robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of sheep…
10:6 But they (the apostles) did not understand what He was talking about.
10:7 I tell you that I Myself (Jesus) am the Door of the Sheep.
The door represents entrance into the kingdom of heaven within where man communes directly with God, as son with Father. For the price of faith and obedience, God promises to do everything else. Jesus is the personification of faith and of obedience to God’s will: "not my will but Your will be done," Jesus prays. And so, the Father is glorified in Jesus and Jesus is glorified in his Father. "The kingdom of heaven is the will of God enthroned in the heart of man." And so, the door of the kingdom of heaven is always open to the members of the church of Philadelphia because they already know God and seek to do His Will, i.e. they already understand the kingdom of heaven. Now we need to know more about this church of Philadelphia:
Philadelphia, not a very
large city, was a busy commercial center. It
was the meeting point of roads from Sardis, from the coast and from
regions in the Northeast and Southeast. (Handbook on Revelation to John
– United Bible Societies)
The final letter to the
church of Philadelphia takes us to the ultimate
evolutionary stage – full knowledge of consciousness, a state beyond
duality… (Revelation, Peter Lorie, Simon & Schuster)
From the very beginning
Philadelphia was seen as a monument to the
possibility of divinity within mankind. The Greek word "philadelphers"
means one who loves his brother"… Founded in around l50 B.C., it was
situated on high ground and formed a perfect geographical position for
trade. It was known as a gateway to the East…We can suppose that for
John, Philadelphia would have epitomized the ideal of a city which had
balance, good will, and good judgment. This gives us a good allegory for
the final stage of human spiritual evolution – that of enlightenment, the
ultimate consciousness, a state that brings perfect balance. At this stage
according to all Eastern and Western traditions, there is no duality, but a
oneness with life and all existence. The other six letters of Revelation can
be exemplified by the opposites of the Zodiac signs – Leo and Aquarius,
Gemini and Sagittarius, for example. Here we have characteristics that are
in opposition to one another, whereas in the final stage of human
development (as symbolized by Philadelphia) we become one with
existence – enlightened. (Peter Lorie, Revelation)
Put simply we become holy,
the word derives from the Old English hal, whole or integrated and complete.
Transcendence, overcomes the paradox of duality, the experience of the reality of the Kingdom of heaven within allows us to identify with a higher, spiritual reality, instead of a lower, material reality. The higher completes the lower. And the Highest Reality, the source of all reality is God, who’s very Will is motivated by love and guided by wisdom.
Within a short time after
the destruction of Jerusalem, Antioch
became the headquarters of Pauline Christianity; while Philadelphia
remained the center of the Abnerian Kingdom of heaven.
From Antioch the Pauline version of the Teachings of Jesus and
the teaching about Jesus spread to all the Western World; from
Philadelphia the missionaries of the Abnerian Kingdom of heaven
spread throughout Mesopotamia and Arabia until the later times
when these uncompromising emissaries of the teachings of Jesus
were overwhelmed by the sudden rise of Islam.
…the believers at
Philadelphia held more strictly to the religion
of Jesus, as he lived and taught, than any other group on earth.
Now prophecy is true both in the context of the time of its writing and in the time of its prophetic future fulfillment. And so, the church of Philadelphia spoken of in Revelation as existing in the latter days (now) would have characteristics like the church of Philadelphia existing at the time of John’s vision and writing. One might then expect this congregation or church of the latter days to be a group, like Abner’s, true to the message of Jesus (the gospel of the kingdom of heaven), and to be concerned with issues of brotherly love such as the brotherhood of man predicated on the Fatherhood of God. The elect are those who choose (elect) God's Will. Now if we integrate these concepts from Revelation about the Church of Philadelphia with the concepts of Enoch, one could envision a group in the latter days that:
1 is blessed with book(s)
of joy and great wisdom;
2 that give them knowledge of the way of God which they practice
and point out to others; (the choosing of God's Will)
3 that know the true message of Jesus and are faithful to it, (the choosing of God's Will)
4 and have reached the enlightenment stage of brotherly love.
5 live in the latter days, the time of tribulation, in a distant generation from Enoch.
6 have but little worldly power, probably a small group.
7 Are found among ‘gentile’ Christians.
These descriptions from Enoch and Revelation seem to mesh very well. The "elect" congregation is one and the same as the "church of Philadelphia." Also, consider this line of scripture addressed to the church of Philadelphia:
Revelation 3:11 I am coming soon; hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.
Remember this crown?
blessings come upon the head of Joseph, upon the crown
of the head of him who was separate (in Egypt) and prince among
his brothers. (The crown follows the "elect" , those who elect God.)
Those Who Elect God’s Will
Genesis 49:26 The blessings…on
you (Joseph) are as lasting as the bounties of
the eternal hills; they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the
crown of the head of him…who is prince among them (twelve sons of Jacob).
Genesis 37:9 Joseph dreamed
another dream…He said, behold, this time not only eleven stars
but also the sun and moon bow down to reverence me.
The crown seems to track "the elect" which passes from Joseph to Ephraim. We have already seen that both terms Joseph and Ephraim are used to denote Lost Israel, which has in turn been identified with Christians. Therefore one might look for the elect among Christians and more specifically the future remnant of the Christians. The elect appears to be the leadership group, among the Christians, who know and practice the "path of God," who are given books of great wisdom (from which they learn the way of every upright path), who point out to others the path of the Most High (God), and who are faithful to the true message of Jesus. Now consider a slightly different use of the word elect as part of a completely different topic.
1Enoch 39:1 In those days
the elect and holy race descend from the upper heaven
and their seed shall be with the sons of men.
With a large amount of
speculation, one might consider 1Enoch 39:1 as referring to the Adamic racial
strain as the elect. This would explain why they are referred to as the
"elect and holy race" as this race may be the children of Adam and
Eve. The crown of Joseph may in part indicate his endowment of Adamic
genes acquired through the breeding of a male line of the mixed Semitic
heritage with the female line of an Adamically enriched heritage. The word
elect may partly refer to similar genetics, as well as other more important
intangible factors, such as the election of God’s will as their highest
goal. Genetics may play a role in the nucleus of this group, but as in
Moses’ time, in a majority of the group, genetics may play little or no
role. Genetic considerations are present, but are a limited factor among
many that define this group, or any other group for that matter.
Isaiah 45:4 …Israel mine
elect, I have called thee by name: I have surnamed thee, though thou
hast not known me.
Isaiah 65:9 And I will
bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an
inheritor of my mountains: and my elect shall inherit it, and my
servants shall dwell there.
This goes along with the statement in Enoch regarding the elect inheritance. The greater the number of different sources, the higher the probability of accuracy, although 1Enoch could be derived from Isaiah or vice-a-versa.
Matthes 24:22 And unless the
Lord had shortened the days, no human being
Amplified would be saved; but for the sake of the elect; His chosen ones (those
Bible whom He picked out for Himself) he has shortened the days.
What is implied here is
that God would allow the world to destroy itself if not for the presence of the
elect. But we shouldn’t get the idea of a "chosen group" – this is
definitely not so. The elect are those who elect God to a position of central
importance in their lives. God has chosen every human being through the gift
of His indwelling spirit. We are all chosen, but only some choose Him in
return. It is not God’s Will that anyone suffer, either physically or
spiritually, but due to prior antecedent causes, freely chosen, there is a
harvest of evil to reap for the family of man. And even this, God will turn to
the benefit of those that love Him.
Daniel 12:1 At that time…there
shall be a time of trouble, straightness, and distress
Amplified such as never was since there was a nation till that time…
Daniel 12:3 And the teachers
and those who are wise shall shine like the brightness
of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness shall give
forth light like the stars forever and ever.
Daniel 12:10 Many shall purify
themselves and make themselves white and be
tried, smelted, and refined, but the wicked will do wickedly. And
none of the wicked will understand, but the teachers and those who
are wise shall understand.
Here we have a group who understand, are wise, and who teach others. They purify themselves because they choose God’s will under difficult circumstances and are transformed (purified and refined) in the process. These unnamed people of Daniel fit precisely with what we already know about the elect. Since these people of Daniel do the same things as the elect do, they are the same. Scripture speaks directly to these elect who choose God saying:
Isaiah 41:6 Each one helps
Saying to his fellow, "take courage!"
Isaiah 41:9 You whom I drew
from the ends of the earth
And called from its far corners…
Isaiah 41:10 Be not
frightened for I am your God,
I strengthen you and I help you.
I uphold you with My victorious right hand.
Shamed and chagrined shall be
All who contend with you;…
Isaiah 41:12 Those who
struggle with you
Less than nothing shall be
Isaiah 55:17 No weapon
And every tongue that contends with you at home
You shall defeat
Isaiah 61:6 …You shall be
called "Priests of the Lord,"
And termed "servants of our God."
Isaiah 66:14 You shall see
and your heart rejoice,
Your limbs shall flourish as the grass.
Now lets turn to the Dead Sea Scrolls on this important topic about those who elect God. Below, the Teacher of Righteousness, the leader of the Qumran Community, is giving his interpretations of various scripture passages regarding these same elect:
4Q215 Prophecy of Naphtali
- …they (the elect) will endure the affliction of
Col 2 distress and the ordeal of the pit, and they will be purified by these
things and shall become the elect of righteousness;
11Q13 By the power of Melchizedek,
dominion on earth will pass from
DSC Belial (Devil) to the righteous Sons of Light. (DSC A New
Translation, Wise, Abegg & Cook)
4Q160 Thy people shall take
refuge…amid the rage of the enemies of
DSC Thy people, Thou shalt verify Thy glory over the land and sea…
And all the peoples of Thy lands shall know that Thou hast created
them…and the multitudes shall understand that this is Thy people…
Thy holy ones whom Thou hast sanctified. (Wise, Abegg & Cook)
4Q174 Interpreted (Psalm
2:1)this saying concerns the Kings of the nations
DSC who shall rage against the elect of Israel in the last days. This shall
be the time of trial to come…so as to perfect…(…represents missing scroll
text) (Wise, Abegg & Cook)
4Q174 A remnant of the
people shall be left according to the lot assigned
DSC them, and they shall practice the Whole Law…Moses. (…represents
missing scroll text) Thy people who know God shall be strong.
They are the masters who understand…(Wise, Abegg & Cook)
4Q 243, (In that time) those
who are called by name shall be gathered
244, 245 from among the Gentiles, and it shall be, from that day…the holy
DSC ones…(missing text) (Wise, Abegg & Cook)
The above passages from the Dead Sea Scrolls, describe a group of people who: take refuge from the rage of its enemies, are ultimately glorified by God, are perfected by trials, who practice the "whole law," and are "masters of understanding." Finally, we learn that these people are "called by name" and are found among the gentiles in the latter days. These individuals match up with what we already know about the elect from prior descriptions. This group, by many names, is found consistently from among diverse sources of scripture including 1Enoch, Revelation, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Isaiah and Jeremiah among others. In fact, a high percentage of unfulfilled scripture, regarding the end of the age, is about this group and its experiences. Further, we have further scripture interpretation by the Teacher:
4Q171 This (Ps. 37:14-15)
refers to the wicked of "Ephraim and
DSC Manasseh," who will try to do away with the Priest and the
members of his party during the time of trial that is coming upon
them. But God will save them from their power and afterward
hand them (wicked) over to the wicked Gentiles for judgment
(Wise, Abegg & Cook)
4Q171 Interpreted (Ps.
37:16), this is the congregation of His elect who
DSC do His Will. (Dead Sea Scrolls, Vermes)
The reference in the first stanza (4Q171) to "the Priest and members of his party" is to the Messianic final prophet to come and "his party" is the "congregation of the elect." The wicked of "Ephraim and Manasseh" are members of "Lost Israel" (leaders of America and England, discussed later) who try to destroy the congregation of the elect. (Probably because they reveal the truth about these corrupt leaders.) Further interpretation by the Teacher of Righteousness:
DSC This (Psalm 6:1-4)
refers to the Last Days, about (the righteous,
pg. 234 when) Belial (devil) planned to destroy them in his fury, so that
Wise none would remain of…God will not allow Belial…
But the Angel of God’s truth will help keep the Children of Light
from the power of Belial.
But the righteous are always beloved, and the Great power of God
is with them,(Wise, Abegg, & Cook)(… represent missing original text)
Why Belial is so angry at this group is not explicit, but is presumably due to the promulgation of truth, which discloses and sets up resistance to Belial’s activities. The divine protection of the elect and righteous, during the messianic period, is described over and over in scripture across many different sources. It has a very high probability of happening. This is similar to the protection afforded the ancient Israelites by "the Lord" as his servant Moses led them out of Egypt. The end is very much like the beginning in sacred history. From Dead Sea Scrolls by Geza Vermes, we continue on the subject of the elect:
4Q381 DSC Man will not be
strong and will not rise
Vermes Fr.46 …and Thou hast tested all.
Noncanonical And the elect, like an offering;
Psalms. Thou wilt purify before Thee,
Thanksgiving Light shines and joy bursts forth;
Hymns Morning vanishes and sorrow flees.
Peace is revealed, dread ceases…
Iniquity has stopped, plague has ceased
With no more illness
For He humbles the proud spirit with no remnant
And from the dust He lifts up the poor to eternal heights
He raises freely the totterers of the earth,
And His might is with their steps.
4Q267 … He
established appointed times of goodwill for those who
Fr. 1 search His commandments and walk in the perfection of way.
And he revealed hidden things to their eyes, and opened their
ears so that they might hear deep (secrets) and understand all
future things before they befall them.
It would appear that God is going to make available to those who elect God, and all who will listen, the events that will happen before they befall them. This is possibly mediated through His servant, the final prophet, who is said to reveal deep secrets and foretell all that will happen to the elect through the interpretation of the Prophets of Old. Further:
4Q4l8 And you, elect of
Fr. 69 and pursuers of righteousness and justice
… guardians of all knowledge,
How will you say:
We labour for understanding
And keep awake to pursue knowledge.
Finally, we generalize our search regarding the elect and find:
I saw the sun-eyed children
of a marvelous dawn
…the massive barrier breakers of the world
…the architects of immortality
…bodies made beautiful by the Spirit’s light,
Carrying the magic word, the mystic fire,
Carrying the Dionysian cup of Joy
Sri Aurobindo (l946-47), Saut.
Millennium You will not
have to be good, you will find you are good
Prophecy You will not have to be loving, you will find you are love.
Osho (l987), RBSP
15Q96 To speak the truth they will have closed mouths.
Millennium Those who really
desire to understand,
Prophecy Who are looking to find that which is eternal,
Without beginning and without end,
Will walk together in great intensity,
Will be a danger to everything that is unessential,
To unrealities, to shadows.
And they will concentrate, they will become the Flame,
Because they understand.
J. Krishnamurti ( l929)
Those who "keep awake to pursue knowledge" and "labour for understanding" are "the massive barrier breakers of the world." Like Jesus, they "will have closed mouths to speak the truth" and they will "walk together in great intensity."
They are the masters who understand…(Wise, Abegg & Cook) 4Q 243, (In that time) those who are called by name shall be gathered… 244, 245 from among the Gentiles, and it shall be, from that day…the holy DSC ones…(missing text) (Wise, Abegg & Cook)
The above passages from the Dead Sea Scrolls, describe a group of people who: take refuge from the rage of its enemies, are ultimately glorified by God, are perfected by trials, who practice the "whole law," and are "masters of understanding." Finally, we learn that these people are"called by name" and are found among the gentiles in the latter days. These individuals match up with what we already know about the elect from prior descriptions. This group, by many names, is found consistently from among diverse sources of scripture including 1Enoch, Revelation, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Isaiah and Jeremiah among others. In fact, a high percentage of unfulfilled scripture, regarding the end of the age, is about this group and its experiences. Further, we have further scripture interpretation by the Teacher:
4Q171 This (Psalms. 37:14-15) refers to the wicked of "Ephraim and DSC Manasseh," who will try to do away with the Priest and the members of his party during the time of trial that is coming upon them. But God will save them from their power and afterward hand them (wicked) over to the wicked Gentiles for judgment. (Wise, Abegg & Cook)
4Q171 Interpreted (Psalms. 37:16), this is the congregation of His elect who DSC do His Will. (Dead Sea Scrolls, Vermes) The reference in the first stanza (4Q171) to "the Priest and members of his party" is to the Messianic final prophet to come and "his party" is the "congregation of the elect." The wicked of "Ephraim and Manasseh" are members of "Lost Israel" (leaders of America and England, discussed later) who try to destroy the congregation of the elect. (Probably because they reveal the truth about these corrupt leaders.)
The Dead Sea Scrolls in speaking about the "last days" of the messianic period identify a figure they call "the Liar" who comes to power from among the gentiles of Ephraim, whom we have previously identified, generally as Christians and specifically as Americans:
DSC 4Q171 (I)…Be silent
before the Lord and long for him, and be not heated
against the successful, the man who achieves his plans (Psalms 37:7a)
Its interpretation concerns the Liar who has led astray many by his lying words so that they chose frivolous things and heeded not the interpreter of knowledge in order to…(II) they shall perish by the sword and famine and plague. (Teacher of Righteousness)
The interpreter of knowledge here is the messianic prophet who is also referred to as the interpreter of the law. The people seem to heed "the Liar" and not the interpreter of knowledge. This is a repeat of all the prophets’ experiences who have gone before – nothing changes. Ends of ages have a leader, character type that personifies deceit, here referred to as "the Liar." Are there any such character-types in view? If so this would be another indicator of an ending age.
DSC 4Q171 The wicked draw
the sword and bend their bow to bring down the
poor and needy and to slay the upright of way. Their sword shall
enter their own heart and their bows shall be broken (Psalms 37:14-15).
Interpreted, this concerns the wicked of Ephraim and Manasseh, (the deceitful leaders) who shall seek to lay their hands on the Priest and the men of his Council at the time of trial which shall come upon them. But God will redeem them from out of their hands. (Teacher of Righteousness)
The Priest is another designation for the interpreter of the law, the messianic final prophet. The men of his council are the congregation of the elect. Here we establish that Ephraim and Manasseh, the nations of the Lost Ten Tribes, i.e. primarily America and Britain, are the likely nations of residence of the Liar, the Priest, and the men of his (the priest’s) counsel (the elect).
Biblical Psalms Commentary, Dead Sea Scrolls
"be not heated against the successful, the man who achieves his plans." (Ps 37:7a)
Its interpretation concerns the Liar who has lead astray many by his lying words so that they choose frivolously and heeded not the interpreter of knowledge in order to…(missing text). They shall perish by the sword and famine and plague. (TR,Teacher of Righteousness)
The Liar is a specific figure in the times of the Teacher of Righteousness. The Liar is also a general character type that has shown up in all the ends of previous ages. No doubt, the personification of deceit, the Liar, will be part of this messianic time period as well. War (the Sword), famine, plague, and drought also have ended previous ages and they will undoubtedly again. The interpreter of knowledge mentioned by the Teacher of Righteousness is the end of the age, messianic prophet, also called the interpreter of the law elsewhere in the scrolls.
"Don’t be angry; it tends to evil, for the wicked shall be cut off." (Psalms 37:9)
Interpreted, all those who are stubborn in turning away from their iniquity shall be cut off. (TR) Only a very small percent of the overall population has anything to do with iniquity, which is repeated, knowing, and willful disobedience to God’s laws and will. Unfortunately, the handful that do, are extremely powerful and are steering the world toward conflict and disaster. Their actions contain within them the very seeds of their own destruction, but they proceed nevertheless, like moths to flame. Prophecy tells us that they will kill (cut off) one another as they are struck by their own arrows. Unfortunately, a mass of people will follow their leaders – no matter where they lead.
"But those who wait for the Lord shall possess the land." (Psalms 37:96)
Interpreted, this is the congregation of the elect who do His will. (TR) The "elect," elect God’s will over their own. (My comment)
Hard times will come and those that know and understand, the elect, will try to lead everyone to safety but many, and probably most, will not follow. Notice that the congregation of the elect depart from somewhere, possibly from America the home of Ephraim and the elect. God is actively leading and protecting the elect throughout this trial period, just as he did once before when He led Israel out from Egypt to Canaan. The end is like the beginning.
Congregation of the elect, those who elect God’s will in a time of adversity, danger, and persecution. They are also referred to as the Church of Philadelphia in Revelation. They are "made wise by special books given to them" (1Enoch) and are true to the real message of Jesus – the Kingdom of heaven within.
The above excerpts are from the book, "The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand", written by Edmund J. Roache, MD.