This week we continue our review of chapter 7 in Isaiah Decoded – Seraphim, God’s Angelic Messengers. Once God’s Seraphim/Angels fulfill their holy commissions, they are received into heaven without suffering physical death or in other words they become translated beings – Hebrews 11:5. We also see other Seraphim/Angels bound with heaven but remain on the earth to complete their missions as in John.
In review, those who ascend to God’s Seraphim/Angels pass through three stages of ascent – Being Perfected in the Father, Doing the Will and Work of the Father, and Being Bound with/Taken into Heaven.
Being Bound or Taken Into Heaven
When we look at being bound or taken into heaven, three aspects immerge – Become Translated Beings, have Missions that Culminate with the Endtimes, and Endtime Seraphim/Angels Become Millennial Leaders.
Becoming Translated Beings
What we see in the scriptures is that Seraphim/Angels don’t experience physical death. We see that with Enoch, Moses, Elijah, and John. This condition in the scriptures is referred to as being translated.
“Comprising the highest spiritual category to which one may ascend on this earth, seraphs compare with translated beings such as Enoch, Moses, and Elijah, who exercise divine powers. Their mission spans heaven and earth and extends to all nations.” “The ascent of God’s servant and his fellowservants to the translated category of seraphs sets them apart from all others of God’s children. Relying solely upon Jehovah to the exclusion of all else, they “ascend” to become unwearying—like Jehovah himself: “They who hope in Jehovah shall be renewed in strength: they shall ascend as on eagles’ wings; they shall run without wearying, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31; compare vv 28–30). For their sake, God delivers many of his people at the time he destroys the wicked of the world: “Thus says Jehovah: ‘As when there is juice in a cluster of grapes and someone says, “Don’t destroy it, it is still good,” so I will do for the sake of my servants by not destroying everything: I will extract offspring out of Jacob, and out of Judah heirs of my mountains; my chosen ones shall inherit them, my servants shall dwell there’” (Isaiah 65:8–9; emphasis added).”
While Enoch, Moses, and Elijah were taken to heaven after they completed their missions, John appears to have tarried on the earth to continue in the Father’s Work.
“Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple [John the Apostle] whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me. Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?” – John 21:20-23
Missions have an Endtime Culmination
One of the big themes that we see with this category of translated beings, who do the Father’s Work and Will, is that their missions all seem to culminate with Endtime events and the Second Coming. For instance, let’s look at Yeshua's transfiguration when Moses and Elijah appeared on Mount Tabor.
“And after six days Yeshua taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias[Elijah] talking with him.” – Matt. 17:1-3
What we should be asking ourselves is what did Yeshua converse with Moses and Elijah about. By linking these three individuals together, are there any other incidents in the scriptures that include these three together that might give us a clue as to their conversation. The only other place in the scriptures that link Moses, Elijah, and Yeshua together is found in the 4 chapter of Malachi.
“For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. ¶ But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts. ¶ Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. ¶ Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
We should also link Yeshua’s prophecy about Elijah coming to restore all things in the same chapter as a basis for His conversation with Moses and Elijah.
“And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elijah must first come? And Yeshua answered and said unto them, Elijah truly shall first come, and restore all things.” – Matt 17:10,11
(One thing that we should also notice here is that verse 13 seems to be misleading. Though John the Baptist was an “Elias/Elijah” – one who prepares the way - he is not the Endtime Elias/Elijah that restore all things and prepares the way for Yehovah-Yeshua’s millennial return.)
So in these scriptures, we can see a restoration sequence of all things that includes the Law and culminates with the Endtimes and the return of Yehovah-Yeshua. But this restoration not only includes the Law God revealed to Moses – a “father” to Israel, it also includes the all of the Father’s plan for humanity that we see with all of the Old Testament “fathers” - knowing the beginning to the end - Malachi 4:5.
We also see Enoch weigh in on Endtime events when he prophesies about these Endtime Seraphim/Angels – here Enoch refers to them as “saints”, which we can link to the 144,000 Seed of Messiah – Davidic Kings/High Priests.
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.” – Jude 1:14-19
Endtime Seraphim/Angels Become Millennial Leaders
Finally, what we see is these Endtime Seraphim/Angels are not taken into heaven but pass into the Millennium – a semblance of heaven of the Son's Realm where there is no death – and rule with the Messiah.
“In the end, however, both sons/servants and seraphs/saviors assume political office over those to whom they minister. They serve as “judges” and “rulers” of God’s people in the Millennium. (Isaiah 1:26; 32:1.)” “Isaiah’s seraphs parallel the “saints” of whom Daniel says, “The saints of the Most High will take the kingdom and possess the kingdom for ever.” (Daniel 7:18.) They also fit Obadiah’s description of “saviors” who “ascend on Mount Zion,” where God has determined he will deliver his people. (Obadiah 1:17, 21; emphasis added.) John’s vision of 144,000 “servants” of God, twelve thousand of each tribe, describes Isaiah’s seraph category. These stand with the Lamb on Mount Zion and are called the “firstfruits” of all the earth. (Revelation 7:1–8; 14:1, 4.) Isaiah’s “watchmen” parallel Enoch’s “watchers,” God’s emissaries who minister between heaven and earth (see Figure 97). (1 Enoch 12:2.)” – P. 230,231
Figure 97 Prophetic Parallels of Seraphs/Saviors
Isaiah—“Kings” and “Queens”
Obadiah—“Saviors” on Mount Zion
John—144,000 “Servants” of God