A passage of scripture was brought to my attention this morning. It’s from John 21, verses 20 through 23. That passage reads like this …
Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; the one who also had leaned back on His bosom at the supper and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” So Peter seeing him said to Jesus, “Lord, and what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!” Therefore this saying went out among the brethren that that disciple would not die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but only, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?”
Now, just prior to this it had been revealed to Peter that he was going to die. Jesus then goes on to use John as an example of someone who could “remain until the Lord comes” should that be the Lord’s desire for that person.
I find this quite interesting in the light of what I have shared recently, in that this chapter from the book of John (like the Mt. of Transfig. account) is a picture of Kingdom Age ministry and of the HARVEST OF SONS. This is the chapter about the “153 fish,” which some of you probably know by now is a word picture for “mature” sons who come into their inheritance in the Kingdom Age (the gematria value of “Beni ha Elohim” – “Sons of God” is “153,” by the way).
With all of this in mind, might Jesus’ conversation with Peter in John 21 be revealing that TWO PART Kingdom remnant once again, that remnant which is made up of those who will pass on into the spirit realm in death and who will then minister from that vantage point during the Kingdom age (the “Moses and Elijah” bunch), and those who (if God so wills) will “remain” on earth until a rather dramatic “coming” of the Lord in the resurrection of all of the dead?
It could be so.. John could well be a type of the Kingdom Age “Tabernacle of David” people here, and Peter could well be a type of the “Moses/Elijah” company.
Anyway, this is surely something else for us all to think about … and meditate on.
Bless you. — D