The Barley Overcomers
The Judgment of the 12
After the second resurrection, the Great White Throne of Judgment will take place. What will the role of the barley overcomers be during this time? Look at these verses:
Matthew 19:28 – And Jesus said to them, Verily I say to you, that ye who did follow me, in the regeneration, when the Son of Man may sit upon a throne of his glory, shall sit – ye also – upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel; (YLT)
Revelation 4:4 – And around the throne [are] thrones twenty and four, and upon the thrones I saw the twenty and four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and they had upon their heads crowns of gold; (YLT)
Revelation 3:21 – He who is overcoming – I will give to him to sit with me in my throne, as I also did overcome and did sit down with my Father in His throne. (YLT)
Revelation 20:4 – And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them, and the souls of those who have been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus, and because the word of God, and who did not bow before the beast, nor his image, and did not receive the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand, and they did live and reign with Christ the thousand years; (YLT)
These verses say that the overcomers will sit in thrones next to Christ and judge everyone. But what about Matthew 19, which says there will be only twelve thrones? Remember from 1 Chronicles 27 that David’s army had twelve groups, therefore “twelve” represents all of the overcomers. What about Revelation 4, which says there will be twenty-four thrones? Since David’s army had groups of 24,000, “twenty-four” also represnts all of the overcomers. So not only will the overcomers not receive punishment during the Great Judgment, they will take part in the judging itself, along side Jesus Christ.
The Significance of Barley
In addition to everything we discussed so far, the symbol of barley is elsewhere in the Bible. It will take too long to discuss every one, so I will summarize:
1. Exodus 9:31,32 – barley was destroyed by hail, because it was the first to ripen
2. Judges 7:13 – Gideon calls his army “a loaf of barley bread”
3. 2 Samuel 14:30 – Absalom sets a field of barley on fire
4. 2 Samuel 21:9 – seven sons of Saul hanged at barley harvest
5. 2 Kings 4:42 – a man brings Elisha barley, to help him overcome death
6. 1 Chron 11:12-14 – Eleazar protects the barley field
7. John 6:4-14 – Jesus multiplies five barley loves and two fish
8. John 6:39, 40, 44, 54 – Jesus talks about the first resurrection
9. 1 Cor. 15:52 – the dead will be raised at the last trumpet
10. 2 Cor. 4:7 – the earthen vessels will be broken to reveal the light of the glory of God, this will occur at the first resurrection
So as you can see God has sprinkled the symbol of barley all throughout the Bible. He did this on purpose to make it obvious to those that really spend time in the word. These stories all have to do with overcoming great trials, which only those with great faith and represent the barley overcomers can do.
The Barley Overcomers - Summary
With all this symbolism, I know this is a hard topic to digest. It took me a while to read all the scriptures before I really understood it. That’s why I wrote this article as simple as possible so that more people will come know the truth. I suggest going back and reading this again, studying each verse and praying about it. To help, here is an overall summary:
1. Barley – represents the overcomers, the sons of God, the elite 144,000, the first fruits, virgins that brought extra oil, blameless, will rise from the dead in the first resurrection, will reign with Christ for 1,000 years, will be saved from the lake of fire, will receive no form of punishment whatsoever, and will take part in the judgment of the other groups
2. Wheat – represents the Christian believers, righteous, did good things, virgins that did not bring extra oil, will rise from the dead in the second resurrection, will be saved from the lake of fire, but will receive beatings with stripes based on how much they prepared
3. Grape – represents non-believers, unrighteous, did evil things, abominable, murders, whoremongers, sorcerers, will rise from the dead in the second resurrection, will be thrown into the lake of fire which is God’s judgment, will be purified until they become believers and realize the truth, due to the law of Jubilee
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