Just like the Thief on the Cross , when Jesus died on the Cross, The Thief was the Man in the Middle , But Pastor Dirk , Jesus was the Man in the Middle . Yes Jesus was on the Center Cross, But the Thief was the Man in the Middle , the Person that died in between the Old and the New Covenant.
The Old Covenant. Sin redemption by animal sacrifice and the New Covenant, Jesus Christ the son of God replacing the animal sacrifice as a living sacrifice. The thief was invited into the Kingdom of God in the middle of this transition Period as the Old Covenant was closed and the new Covenant opened , calling him the Man in the Middle , He was allowed without following the rules of the Old Testament Jewish doctrine or Following the Rules of the New salvation plan , Being Born again , Baptized in water and Baptized by the Holy Spirit into Heaven at his death. Although there was record made in the Gospel of Nicodemus , a book not added to the Bible , that this thief on the Cross met up with the Dead of the Old Covenant and was declined entry into Heaven due to Baptism , They had to go down to the river Jordan to be baptized before they could legally enter Heaven.
Yes this did happen.
Yes and its Going to happen again , This time during the Great Tribulation at the transition between the Holy Spirit leaving Earth to allow the Antichrist to rule for 42 Months and the out pouring of the Wrath of God over the bearers of the Mark of the Beast , the 666.
Before the Great Tribulation , the Great Revival will take place and a large Majority of Christians will receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to Guide and lead them to safety and to the Seal of God in their forehead applied by the Angels keeping them safe to flee the Antichrist and his armies in this transition period.
But There will be a small group of Christians that will miss the Last revival and miss the last out pour of the Holy Spirit as mentioned in Acts 2.
Due to the Teachings they received they will refuse to take the Mark of the Beast , the 666 , but will not have the Leading and Guiding inside power of the Holy Spirit within them to keep them safe by fleeing the Antichrist.
Act 2:16 ~ 20 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
These Christians will be captured and forced to take the Mark of the Beast or be imprisoned or Killed.
Well They will refuse, and will be Killed .
These Christians have kept the 10 Commandments and will have faith in Jesus . but did not want to be Baptized in water or / and Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit simply due to the Doctrine Teaching they were born into and followed to this point in time.
But due to them refusing to take the Mark of the Beast, They will win entry into Heaven , by dying by BEHEADING.
They will be like the man in the Middle, the thief on the Cross, they will win enter into Heaven without the requirements of the Baptism in water and Spirit that is the way to gain entry into Heaven according to Jesus.
Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
This will only be allowed from a certain Point in the Great Tribulation Period. The Time period when the Holy Spirit is removed from Earth and between and beginning of the Wrath of God , a small window , but a cruel death is the penalty they will pay for not being baptized in water and Spirit.
For the Holy Spirit baptized Christians will flee this death and be safe until marked with the seal of God in their foreheads and will witness the Rapture alive.
Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Rev 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:
Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
The Holy Spirit gave approval for these Men and Women in the Middle too enter the Kingdom of God by their works and without Baptism of water and Spirit, by the Faith they kept and standing firm and not taking the 666 Mark of the Beast even facing a gruesome death by Beheading. it is not mentioned , but I believe that the same rule will be followed with them being baptized after death to gain entry to the Great Feast in Heaven after the Rapture.
Being the Man or Women in the Middle comes with a huge price!
Pastor Dirk , TruLight Radio XM