Then the “Day of Atonement” shall follow after the tenth jubilee period [after the end of the 70 weeks of years, or the 490 years which ended October 31, 2007], when he (Melchizedek, Messiah) shall atone for all the Sons of Light, and the people who are predestined to Melchizedek… “Zion” is the congregation of all the sons of righteousness who uphold the [marriage] covenant and turn from walking in the way of the people. “Your divine being” is Melchizedek, who will deliver them from the power of Belial. The Dead Sea Scrolls, 11Q13, Col. 2.
In the yearly, typical Day of Atonement, the special sin offerings offered on that day – the bullock sacrificed for the high priest, and the goat sacrificed for the people, typified complete atonement. Their blood alone was taken into the Most Holy Place on that one day in the year, representing the complete cleansing of the sanctuary by the blotting out of all sin within it. Then their bodies were taken outside the camp and consumed entirely by fire. Those once-a-year events which took place on the Day of Atonement, foreshadowed the very events we witnessed in the fulfillment of the two 2300-day Days of Atonement. One atonement was for the “the house of God” (1 Peter 4:17) and one for the world.
As Messiah used the human body of Yeshua (Jesus) to make His divine sacrifice as the Lamb of God during the antitypical Passover 2000 years ago, so Messiah used my human body, the body of Wayne Bent, to make His final atonement from prison “for all the Sons of Light, and the people who are predestined to Melchizedek” during the antitypical Day of Atonement. The bullock that was to be used as a sacrifice for the High Priest during the great and final era of Atonement in the last days, was depicted in the signs in the heavens in the constellation of Taurus, the Bullock.
THE SIGN OF TAURUS
I was born in the sign of Taurus and was the human being “set apart” by God to be sacrificed for Messiah’s personal use during this final era of atonement and judgment on the earth, and to bear the suffering and wounding that was connected with Him carrying out His work of judgment and atonement. The Hebrew name of Taurus is Shur and means “the Bull, coming and ruling.” This describes the Spirit of Messiah who appeared in me in the year 2000. His coming within my own soul, and His ruling there, was the beginning of His coming and ruling. I was His “sign” for that, “the sign of the son of man,” signifying that He had come now to do that, and He was revealing in me and through me the nature of His coming and ruling. “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.” Rev. 11:17 NIV.
The Hebrew name for the brightest star in the Bull is Palilicium and it means “belonging to the judge.” Truly and literally, after Messiah’s coming into me, I belonged to the Judge. I was going to be used by Him to carry out His work of judgment, and it would be at my expense, at my suffering and wounding, because I had been anointed and “set apart” by God to be sacrificed for His use. In Arabic this star’s name is Aldebaran which means “The Follower.” I first became the follower of Messiah by choice when He came into me at my conversion in 1967. In the events of judgment and atonement which He began carrying out through me after He appeared in me fully in July 2000, I have truly learned by experience what it means to be “The Follower” of Messiah by force.
Taurus bears on its shoulder the circlet of stars called “The Seven Sisters,” or Pleiades. This was Father’s portent in the “signs of the heavens” revealing the “seven women” who would lay hold of Messiah “in that day.” (Isa. 4:1) These seven women, who were also anointed and forced by God to lay hold of me in the way that they did, were representative of the complete congregation of Messiah. They revealed the multifaceted elements and characteristics of the angels to the seven churches described in the book of Revelation, and the mystery of the seven stars in the hand of “one like unto the Son of man.” (Rev. 1:20)
At the tip of the left horn of Taurus is the star El Nath which means, “The Wounded” or “The Slain.” This star is shared with Taurus by Auriga, one of its decans, and traditionally the star was assigned to both constellations. In Hebrew, the name Auriga comes from a root word meaning, “The Shepherd,” and the star they share is in the heel of the Shepherd. The constellation Auriga was God’s “sign” in the stars (Gen. 1:14) revealing the cause of the “wounding” and “slaying” which I was to experience during this antitypical era of Atonement as Messiah lived out His work of atonement and judgment through me.
This statement might seem arrogant or full of one’s ego to some readers, talking about me, but it is proven by the very fact that the events were fulfilled and proven by the prophecies. I do not just throw out these statements from my imagination. I also do not express these things for any notoriety. Notoriety puts one in prison sometimes if one is a messiah. But I express these things so that one given to the Spirit and the faith of God might lay hold on the evidences of my testimony. These souls might believe for themselves by the prophetic evidence itself that God has given. I am a slave of the prophecies by God’s force upon me.
Continuing on with the evidence, in Auriga, the Shepherd is sitting at peace above Taurus, the charging bullock of judgment, holding a mother she-goat who had given birth to her two kids in the lap (congregation) of the Shepherd. The mother goat watches the charging bullock coming in judgment. Her “two kids” are the two sisters who were born in the congregation of Messiah. These were the “two minors” whom the state misused against me at my trial, the two whom Father used to pour out the 4th and 5th plagues, and the “two kids” (Lev. 16:5) that He also used to represent the atonement work of the “Lord’s kid” and the “live kid” (or scapegoat) during the antitypical Days of Atonement that He took us through. Their particular work which Father brought about during each 2300-day Day of Atonement was striking as He used them to fulfill the type perfectly.
The name meaning of the shared star connecting Taurus’s horn and The Shepherd’s heel connected the source of my “wounding” to the mother goat and her two kids. And this wounding was revealed in the process of the state’s court case against me and my unjust and wrongful imprisonment which resulted from it. The “slaying” that was portended was the court’s violent slaying of the Anointing’s testimony in me “slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which I held,” (Rev. 19:13; 6:9) while testifying to what God had done in the land of Travesser. These events were an integral part of the events of atonement and judgment during both 2300-day Days of Atonement.
Messiah used me to bruise the head (authority) of the beast by exposing its deceit through my trial process, and those “incendiary” posts, and this exposing resulted in the bruising of Messiah’s “heel” (my ability to walk free). (Gen. 3:15) The Anointing in me came against the beast’s self-proclaimed authority and lordship over God in the human soul, and I took the hit in my freedom for being His anointed spokesman and for carrying out His instructions in my body. Even the DA had to carry out God’s instructions in his body, stating that he was doing God’s work in coming against me. He did not know, however, that God was using him to fulfill the prophecy of the “little horn.”
But this was meant to be, for Messiah had a very specific work He would be accomplishing within me, His sacrifice, during this second 2300-day Day of Atonement. He would be making manifest the intimate and personal nature of His final atonement for anyone to see who cared to see. For Melchizedek, High Priest of His sanctuary within me, was going to take me through the process of blotting my sins out of His sanctuary during this final 2300-day Day of Atonement and it was a very real process. He would be revealing the science of this final cleansing, and the atonement He was personally providing, making me His living proof, the guarantee of His power to personally do this in every yielding soul who is His.
ONE LIKE THE SON OF MAN
This was not about removing from me sins that I was currently knowingly committing. It was about the “blotting out” of the sins of ignorance in my human nature that He had “covered” (Rom. 4:7; 3:10-31;4:1-8) by His righteousness when He came into me at my conversion. These were places in my character which had been “veiled” or “hidden from my knowledge” of awareness and consciousness. Now He would be exposing my natural fallen human self to me from whence they had originated, to such a depth that both my natural self and the sins it had committed would be completely obliterated from my consciousness of guilt. My “faults” and my “errors” as a fallen human being would be “blotted out.” He would bring me to “full salvation,” (Heb. 9:28 Phillips) and no longer would they be before His face within me. (Psalm 51:9, with Strong’s definitions) I would never more be reminded of them. And He initiated this process by bringing me into an intimacy with the Ancient of days that was unprecedented up to that time. I would be alone with God in the intense series of internal events through which He was taking me even in the evil environment of prison.
I do not mean to infer that in the “blotting out,” I cannot remember a certain act I committed in the past. I mean to say that I do not remember the feelings of accusation, or the weight of the “sting” of death. And because of this, there is no guilt. It is as though my sins and offenses of the past are no longer alive in me and remembered, except only as an event such as any other event in my life.
So at the commencement of my time of imprisonment I was brought to the Ancient of days. This spiritual event of being brought face to face with Him in this most consuming place, this Most Holy Place, was written of in this physical imagery: “And behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds (witnesses) of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.” Dan. 7:13. These “clouds of heaven” are “theophanic clouds,” “visible (but not necessarily material) manifestations of deity to a human person.” Strong’s Concordance, WordNet Dictionary. These are the specific “clouds of heaven” to which Matthew and Mark referred. (Matt. 24:30, 26:64; Mark 14:62)
During this 2300-day Day of Atonement my humanity was going to suffer the burning, atoning fire of God’s intimate, consuming Presence while He brought me through the atoning process. This process showed me in excruciating detail the contrast between the divine nature of the “Holy One” who dwelled in me, and the natural man that we all inherited from Adam.
As He took me through this exposing, consuming process, my spirit felt complete identity and agreement with the fire of God’s holiness and exceeding purity. And at the same time my human nature felt its great time of trouble to the very depths, for the Presence of His holiness is an extreme agony to our fallen humanity. This is why the wicked would hate heaven if they were permitted to enter there. They would be trying to form a football team or a stock market, but there would be no one there who would want to play. They might want to start a business to get some gold, but no one would buy anything. They might boast of their bright clothing but no one would pay attention to them. They would hate it.
When Isaiah experienced this intense and intimate revelation of God, and thus saw himself in contrast, as he really was, of himself, he said, “Woe is me, for I am undone!. . . For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.” Isa. 6:5. Like Job, “I abhorred myself and repented [for being a human being] in dust and ashes.” Job 42:6. After only one night of Jacob experiencing this intense revelation of God when “the Angel” (Michael) visited him, precipitating “Jacob’s time of trouble” (Jer. 30:5-9), “Jacob called the name of the place Peniel (‘facing God’): for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” Gen. 32:30. During that one intense night, Jacob experienced not only “the Angel” Michael showing him who he was humanly, of himself, but Satan’s unrelenting accusations for everything he had done, as well.
Now, not for one night, but for 2300 days and nights, I experienced this intense and intimate atonement with God alone. During this process He confirmed and validated everything He had done through me in our land after He appeared in me. And, He exposed to me in the minutest detail every single fault inherent in my fallen human nature. He brought back to my mind specific scenes and experiences in my life prior to my conversion in 1967, and my Anointing in 2000, shining His Light on my natural internal motivations and human attitudes which I had felt at the time. The increased intimacy of His Presence exposed these things to a degree that is inexpressible in human language. I don’t know how I would even begin to describe what I was shown. Because unless God shows you, you can’t see it. And if He does show you, you’re surprised how evil you are naturally, how utterly irredeemable our fallen human nature is, and how absolutely necessary is The Lord Our Righteousness.
This “blotting out” process is the fulfillment of the promised work of Melchizedek foretold in the Dead Sea Scrolls, “‘Your divine being’ is Melchizedek, who will deliver them from the power of Belial,” and it is referred to in Revelation as “the death.”
And they overcame him (the accuser) [the seed of Belial’s fallen nature within them] by the blood of the Lamb [the Life of God’s faultless Lamb within them], and by the word of their testimony [the testimony which Jesus had, and which God puts in one’s mouth personally (Rev. 19:10)]; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Rev. 12:1.
THE EXPOSING OF THE DEATH
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. Mark 8:35
“Death” is defined in Strong’s Concordance as “that separation of the soul and the body by which the life on earth is ended.” Those whom the Anointed Spirit is preparing for translation, experience this separation of soul from the power of the flesh while still alive physically in it. Rather than my body dying physically, the Anointing in my soul brought my human nature to the place where its fallen impulses and reactions ceased to have any authority or motivating force. He exposed these impulses for what they were and they lost their power to be alive because my soul was no longer in agreement with them. Once the human nature has been brought to its complete submission by the Anointed Spirit, the result is that its human flesh becomes quiet and still and is no longer alive and responsive to anything but the movings of the Anointed Spirit within the soul. “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:” Rom. 8:3.
This holy human being who inherited the same sinful human nature that we have all inherited, but who had never once yielded to its sinful desires and selfish impulses, humbled himself and became obedient to his Father’s will for him, “even the death of the cross.” This humility was the humbling of his fallen human nature in order to always follow His Father’s will. He never yielded to his fallen nature instead of His Father’s instructions, saying to the Father, “I can’t ‘go there’.” Or, “I won’t go there.” He said, “Father, if it is possible, let me not have to ‘go there.’ Nevertheless, not my will, but Yours be done.” In whatever His Father brought to Him, “He was not rebellious, neither turned away back.” Isa. 50:5. And at the end of his sacrifice on the cross, the complete victory he won over his fallen human nature, was from within it. (Ellen White, Youth Instructor, 04-25-1901) All its natural impulses and passions had come into submission and were quieted when his words of victory rang out through the earth, “It is finished; Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.” John 19:30; Luke 23:46. “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” Heb 5:8.
Human beings will do anything to “get saved,” except one thing. Conversion is not merely changing one’s behavior. When one actually faces God, he knows instinctively that he must die to himself. It is also clear that one takes on a cross that crucifies one’s natural self and the strong forces of the human will. Many say of this crucifixion, “I can’t go there.”
This was Messiah’s humbling of “himself,” His human self in Yeshua (Jesus), and His victory over it. And this is the humbling and victory that He brought me into. When I was first converted and confronted by God, I knew that I would have to die. I would have to “follow God.” But in this humbling, I knew not to what depths of coming to my end this would entail. Anyone might die for his “goodness” but I had to die over my “badness” in the eyes of the world. I had to humble myself to deal with going to prison over false charges and outrageous perversions of my motivations. My humanity felt the sting of Satan’s pointy finger and gross, dark insinuations of the basest things. But I followed in Yeshua’s footsteps and humbled myself and became obedient to death, even the death of my cross, my “crucible of humiliation,” and in the process of that extreme ordeal, God brought my human nature and its flesh into the complete rest of “the death.”
My human nature has rested from the force of its own will. Now there is no more sting. “For he who has entered God’s rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.” Heb. 4:9, 10, NKJV. “Cease” means, “to desist, to settle down, be caused to be at rest, to lead to a quiet abode.” I was caused to rest from those things that are natural to my human nature and what it creates, just as God rested from those things that were natural to His divine nature and what It had created during the six days of the week. Then “He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.” This seventh day of rest is God’s outward sign of this complete inner rest from one’s self, “the death.” All who have been passed through this separation and death to their natural human self as thorough and complete and as irrevocable as if they had died physically will be translated to heaven as Enoch was, without dying physically. This is translation, or as some put it, “the rapture.” But most of those souls who believe in the “rapture” do not have a clue as to what is required. Translation does not come by accident.
I testify to the reader that my “life on this earth ended” after I was brought into “the death.” I can testify that my human flesh is still and quiet and in submission to the Anointed Spirit within me, because my natural human consciousness has been totally consumed by the Anointing Spirit of Christ and there is nothing more I want here, nothing can draw me. “The death” took from me the force of my own will and human desires. Now God’s consciousness, what He is seeing, thinking, feeling and doing is what I’m consumed with. This is “the death” that He brought me through during these 2300 days of atonement while in my “crucible of humiliation.” (Sirach 2:4, 5) And this is what Melchizedek’s seven-year covenant sacrifice in prison was about. It was to confirm “with many” His covenanted atonement of marriage to God that He was providing “for all the Sons of Light, and the people who are predestined to Melchizedek” through this seven-year sacrifice. And I was His “messenger of the covenant.” (Mal.3:1) For to me He said,
I the LORD have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand, and will keep you, and give you for a *covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles. Isa. 42:6.
*[A covenant to the people] . . . the covenant of the age to come . . . The word berith, here, should not be translated covenant, but covenant sacrifice, which meaning it often has; and undoubtedly in this place. This gives a still stronger and clearer sense.” Clarke’s Commentary for Isaiah 42:6.
This second 2300-day Day of Atonement began when I was declared “guilty” by the world on December 15, 2008, and which concluded at midnight, April 3, 2015. In the early morning hours of April 4, during the very time that the third blood moon eclipse of the tetrad was occurring, “the Ancient of days came, and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Most High.” Dan. 7:22, MEV. He “intervened and decided things in favor of the people of the High God.” Message. As Father visited with me during those hours that morning He confirmed anew to me heaven’s point of view, and how all of the unearthly events He had brought about in our land as He had moved each of us to do His unfathomable will, were what was truly normal. He showed me that it is the way of the world that is not normal. It is the natural human world that is full of idolatry, adultery, self-rightness, pride, competition and every corruption. But the world that had come down out of heaven from God upon Strong City was the normal and heavenly construct where we just daily followed God’s voice to our soul.
At the conclusion of God’s final revelation in this 2300-day process of atonement, I became aware that the last lingering traces of my human “earth view” of the state’s charges against me had been “blotted out.” Only “God’s view” or “heaven’s view” remained. The last of the natural human “earthliness” in my soul sanctuary in which He had been ministering was “cleared” from it. He had patiently borne my “earth view,” while cleansing me from it, and from all the pain and suffering that comes with that view, which is opposite of “God’s view” or “heaven’s view.” This was the end result prophesied to occur during my “Time of Trouble”:
The assaults of Satan are fierce and determined, his delusions [earth views over God’s instructions to us] are terrible; . . . but it is needful for them to be placed in the furnace of fire; their earthliness must be consumed, that the image of Christ may be perfectly reflected.” Great Controversy, pg 621. White.
God had prophesied that He was going to bring the Anointing Who has been throughout the ages, to His rightful place at the end of this 2300-day period. And His rightful place is in the human soul – fully functioning, fully living out His divine Life, fully being Himself and expressing Himself in His entirely yielded and tested soul sanctuary – totally unhindered, uninterrupted and uneclipsed in any way by the human, because the human has been fully exposed to itself and been brought fully to “the death.” The Anointing came to His “rightful place” in me. Still I say as did Yeshua, “…none is good, save one, that is, God.” Luke 18:19.
Melchizedek’s divine process, His final act of atonement during these 2300 days in my human sanctuary that God had anointed for His purposes, is His pledge to every desirous human soul in this final generation that He will personally take each one through their intimate process so that the Christ Spirit (that One Who is good) will come to His “rightful place” in His soul sanctuary in them, as well. This 2300 days was God’s great Day of Atonement for my soul, when I was finally and completely AT-ONED-with Yahweh and His view alone.
I wasn’t born a holy man as was Yeshua, yet I still overcame the devil through the same Anointing Who lived in him and Who came into me. The Anointed Spirit Who was Yeshua’s life from conception to 33 years of age, and Who kept him pure and true to God through every excruciating test, worked out through Yeshua the science of deliverance from this earth through resurrection from the dead. I was anointed for my particular mission after I had been converted for 33 years. Now in this final generation, what the same Anointed Spirit did in me during these second seven years of testing, suffering and atonement, was to work out the science and process of deliverance from this earth through translation to heaven without experiencing physical death. For in this final era He destroys death itself. (1 Cor. 15:24-27)
So by these two 2300-day Days of Atonement, connected with the seven covenant years, and the seven years of confirming that covenant in prison, God gave these two witnesses, marking this final era of Atonement. The first witness was in the house of God, and then in the world. Toward the end of my confirmation years in prison He gave me to write “Prison Letters” to the church, a series of seven letters describing this process I was being taken through, and which He later showed me was the antitypical fulfillment of the life blood from the covenant sacrifice being sprinkled “seven times before the veil” (Lev. 4:16, 17) in the Most Holy Place. And what the church would receive from the benefits of this covenant sacrifice applied, is that she would be brought completely into the process of the blotting out, just like I had been. The “bride of Christ,” “the Lamb’s wife,” would be brought into the fullness of experience of her Husband.
The God of heaven did not leave these momentous events of atonement without giving His signs and markers so that those who hear His Voice would enter into the atonement He provided in these events. And not only did He give the signs in the heavens of Taurus and Auriga, portending the events of the great antitypical Day of Atonement, but His witness to this final generation was also marked by the signs in the heavens of the two blood moon tetrads that occurred at the beginning and at the end of this generation. The first tetrad marked the beginning events of God’s sacrifice that He was preparing. The second tetrad marked the ending events of His atonement and the final things.
My conversion to God on March 22, 1967, immediately preceded the first Passover blood moon of that 1967-1968 tetrad. At the very beginning of that tetrad “the Lord” whom I had been caused to seek earnestly with my whole heart and soul for three days “suddenly came to His temple,” even the soul temple of “the messenger of the covenant” (Mal. 3:1) and took possession of it. Then God ruled and overruled circumstances so that the public marker for this event, my baptism, occurred on June 10, 1967, which was also the last day of the Six-Day War when all of Jerusalem came back into the possession of the Jewish nation. This is the event that 12th century Rabbi Judah ben Samuel prophesied in 1217 would signal “the beginning of Messiah’s end time”: “Jerusalem will become no-man’s land for one jubilee, and then in the ninth jubilee it will once again come back into the possession of the Jewish nation – which would signify the beginning of the Messianic end time.”
So that first blood moon tetrad from 1967-1968 marked Messiah suddenly coming into the one He would use as His covenant sacrifice to make and confirm the 70 weeks of years covenant, and to fulfill the antitypical events of the two 2300-day Days of Atonement connected with those events. Then 49 years later, the second blood moon tetrad in this generation marked the ending of Messiah’s final 2300-day Day of Atonement. This year, 2016, is Messiah’s Jubilee. March 22nd and June 10th mark the beginning of Messiah’s 50th year, His Jubilee, since He began His “Messianic end time” in 1967. June 10, also marks the ninth anniversary of “the change fast” when our congregation prayed for “the change.”
There is one more “sign” that Father gave. At the end of my seven confirmation years He drew our attention to an event in the Old Testament which was a sign and a type of my covenant seven years and my confirmation seven years. The events in this type pointed forward prophetically, “a day for a year.” (Eze. 4:6)
God chose David’s son, Solomon, to build a temple for the Lord, which he completed in seven years and then held a dedication for it. “And at that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with him, a great congregation . . . seven days and seven days, even fourteen days.” (1 Kings 8:65) “And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days (Num. 7:88; See Eze. 43:26, 27), and the feast seven days (Feast of Tabernacles).” (2 Chron. 7:9) Including the solemn assembly on the “eighth day” this came to 15 days and portended our antitypical events from 2000–2015.
Clarke’s Commentary described this event and I have inserted below the antitypical fulfillment of that type:
By anointing, the altar [Wayne Bent] was consecrated to God [representing my anointing and then my first seven-year covenant]; by this (seven-year) dedication it was solemnly appointed to that service for which it had been erected [the seven year sacrifice in prison].” Clarke’s Commentary on Numbers 7:88.
Solomon’s two seven-day periods during the dedication of the temple he had been anointed to build, prefigured the two seven-year covenant periods during the time of the dedication of the new temple built in this final era of atonement by “David’s son” (Luke 20:41), Messiah’s living temple. “When he shall come to be glorified IN his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.” (2 Thess. 1:10) This sanctuary was foretold and described in the Dead Sea Scrolls. The words in brackets and parentheses were filled in by the translator of this scroll passage, Theodor Gaster, in the places where the scroll text was damaged:
The House [which God will cause to be built for His abiding] in the Last Days, even as it is written in the Book of the Law: A sanctuary, O LORD, have Thy hands established, (whence) the LORD shall reign for ever and ever [Ex. 15:17, 18]…. The words, (whence) the LORD shall reign for ever and ever (mean that) God will be manifest over it at all times, and … what (in fact) God here declares is that (in the future) there shall be built for Him a sanctuary constituted out of mankind itself…. Theodor Gaster, The Dead Sea Scriptures, A ‘Messianic Florilegium, II Samuel, 7.10-14 [The Human Temple] (10-lla).
And the feast that David’s son, Messiah, held during these seven years and seven years during the dedication of this temple is described in Isaiah:
And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat (metaphorically ‘fruitful’) things, a feast of wines on the lees [richly matured over these two seven year periods] … And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations [making them blind]. 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. 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….In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Isa. 25:6-9; 26:1, 2.